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9 thoughts on “Estimated U.S. Cities, Counties, States and Military Housing with Breed-Specific Laws (2020-2021)

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  1. To provide a source of protection, The U.S. Marine Corps bans the top three dangerous dog breeds. However, the individual states refuse to provide this source of protection to its civilians. Therefore, it is incumbent upon each and every responsible individual to seek and gain protection from the unreasonable risk of dangerous canines at all possibly attainable levels.

  2. If anyone is still donating to the Humane Society of the United States and other lobbying organizations like it, STOP. Just stop.

    Donate to DBO instead. There’s a bright orange link box on ever page.

  3. Landlords still have to deal with tenants claiming that their pitbull is an ESA or service animal Once this claim is made, the land shark is permitted by Federal Fair Housing law in the housing unit. I have no idea what the insurance company would say in these cases. I would like to see lawsuits brought against the mental health professionals that certify the need for these animals. Especially the online companies that have propagated for this purpose.

    I would like to remind readers not to get State Farm insurance. This company continues to cover pit bulls as if they were any other dog. This means that part of your premium is going to cover damage by these breeds. The State Farm website “it’s not the breed it’s the dog bite.” In 2019, State Farm alone paid $146 million dollars for 3,340 dog bite and injury claims. This is a heck of a lot of money and if my math is correct comes out to $43,712 per bite. You can bet most of these are from pits to do this type of damage.

    • Christy, would you mind citing the source of the dog bite and injury claims payment total from 2019? I’m asking this question because I have State Farm insurance and would like to send the company a letter expressing my concern about their pit bull coverage policy.

    • I’m happy that State Farm Insurance covers liability for injuries caused by pit bull attacks. This means the victims can get some relief.

      Even a collective boycott of State Farm (to pressure them to drop pit bull liability coverage) wouldn’t make a dent in their revenue stream. And if State Farm DID drop pit bull liability on residential (not commercial) policies, that wouldn’t compel people to NOT get pit bulls.

      I don’t really believe that landlords exclude pit bulls based on their [commercial] insurance coverage clauses, but more on the desire not to have tenants bitten, with the resultant vacancies and turnover, having to deal with disputes with pit bull owner tenants, and the VERY REAL RISK OF HAVING TO DEFEND A LAWSUIT.

  4. In the 1980s, my home state of NJ became one of the earliest states to accept pre-emption of local authorities’ rights to control dog breeds. Texas, Florida and Texas did the same – and are now the leaders in deadly dog attacks on humans. NJ has relatively few fatal attacks. I was wondering if Dogsbite has any insight into this.

    Two things that do set NJ apart are extraordinary cost of living, and the extreme population density. NJ just does not have the rural/semi-rural poverty in which so many fatal pit bull attacks occur – all the land is too valuable for it, and most of the land is already developed – and you are never really far from a trauma center in NJ.

  5. In Michigan, pit bulls are overrunning rental units across the state. Wherever breed restrictions are in a lease, they simply void the restriction by claiming the animal is an emotional support dog.

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