What about pets? Do you allow them or not? The answer comes with mixed thoughts. On the one hand, many insurance companies will cancel Landlord insurance if certain breeds are found living on the property. The breeds include, but are not limited to, Pit Bull, Rottweiler, German Sheppard and Doberman Pinscher.
According to a special report first published in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association:
“Studies indicate that pit bull-type dogs are involved in approximately a third of human dog bite-related fatalities and Rottweilers are responsible for about half of human dog bite-related fatalities. Data indicates that Rottweiler and pit bull-type dogs account for 67% of human dog bite fatalities in the United States. Further, it is said that it is extremely unlikely that these breeds account for anywhere near 60% of dogs in the United States, thus it appears there is a breed-specific problem with fatalities.”
“Other breeds were also responsible for homicides, but to a much lesser extent. A study of dog bite fatalities revealed that the following breeds had killed one or more persons: pit bulls, Rottweilers, German Shepherds, Huskies, Alaskan Malamutes, Doberman Pinschers, Chows, Great Danes, St. Bernard and Akitas. Fatal attacks have been attributed to dogs from at least 30 breeds.”
Studies show that dog biting as a whole involves all breeds of dogs and all dog owners, not just the breeds most likely to kill. Therefore:
Any dog, treated harshly or trained to attack, may bite a person. Any dog can be turned into a dangerous dog. The owner or handler most often is responsible for making a dog into something dangerous.
An irresponsible owner or dog handler might create a situation that places another person in danger by a dog, without the dog itself being dangerous.
Any individual dog may be a good, loving pet, even though its breed is considered to be potentially dangerous. A responsible owner can win the love and respect of a dog, no matter its breed. One cannot look at an individual dog, recognize its breed, and then state whether or not it is going to attack.
Regardless, it is in a Landlord’s best interest to not allow the vicious breeds. Firstly, he may lose his insurance coverage and secondly, if someone is bitten or harmed, he along with everyone else may end up in court, even if the animal was not allowed by the lease.
Lastly, a lot of people have pets. Excluding pets entirely can narrow the market for a Landlord’s rental property. It’s like everything else in selection of a tenant; it boils down to proper screening practices.
We’ll talk about cats on another day. Bottom line for them is that one cat can cause more damage than a pack of dogs.
Until next time,