Well, this is some awesome news! A New York bill introduced by Ken Zebrowski will make it illegal for landlords to discriminate against dogs by breed, size or weight. If you’re a pet parent looking for a place to stay, things will now be easy.
If this bill becomes law it will be the first of its kind prohibiting landlords from banning dogs in their rented apartments. Introduced by assemblyman Ken Zebrowski, assembly Bill A2065A does allow to either ban all dogs or allow all dogs. In this sense, if a landlord allows poodles and pugs they’ll automatically be allowing pit bulls and golden retrievers. This law would be applicable to both private landlords and public housing authorities.
Zebrowski was quoted saying, “There’s no causation between the behavior of a dog and the specific size or breed of the dog. Time and time again, you can point to studies that show it’s mainly the proper training or improper training of a dog that leads to their behavior, and not some sort of genetic predisposition to being mean.”
Shannon Glenn, executive director of My Pit Bull Is Family — an advocacy group that maintains a database of Pit Bull-friendly rentals across the country hopes that this bill will pass so that pit bull parents can easily find homes that meet their budge, instead of their requirements. She said, “There are thousands of families searching for an apartment that will accept them so this bill will remove that barrier and allow families to stay together.”
Cory Smith, the Humane Society of the United States’ director of public policy for companion animals stated, “Just take a moment and enjoy reading this bill. We’re thrilled about it for so many reasons. This is inevitable. One day this is going to be the reality.” We sure hope! SHARE this important message with everyone you know!
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