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Animal shelter joins family in fight against ‘doggie discrimination’

Updated: Monday, March 17 2014, 05:57 PM EDT
HAN COCK COUNTY, Ohio – A local animal organization is supporting a family's efforts to stop “doggie discrimination.”
The Hancock County Animal Shelter Foundation has supported the Moore family since they came in last year to retrieve their dog, which had been missing for three months, and ended up adding a new member to their family days later.
“Their daughter, who suffered an injury in a serious car accident, came upon the pit bull that was next to their lost dog here at the shelter,” said Hancock County Animal Shelter Media Director Marjie DeFede. “His name was Lieutenant Dan and he had been hit by a car and suffered the same type of injury. So she had such a bond with him, they came back and adopted Lieutenant Dan."
What started as an exciting new chapter for the Moore family turned into a difficult situation.  
“They lost their homeowner’s insurance, which considered Lieutenant Dan a pit bull, a vicious breed,” DeFede said. “We don't agree; the dog is very friendly. We say all dogs could bite at any time.”
They refused to get rid of Lieutenant Dan and now they have no homeowner’s insurance.
The shelter recently received a national grant from the Petco Foundation based on the Moore family’s adoption story.
And the shelter continues to help the Moore family by spreading the word through Facebook, with a video of Lieutenant Dan so people can decide what he’s like for themselves.
“We want to encourage people to adopt pit bulls and see that they can judge each dog individually, rather than  breed-specific legislation,” DeFede said. “We don’t want to inspire fear in people -- any dog can bite if they’re provoked. So we say punish the deed, not the breed.”
Defede said the shelter does not encourage homeowners to go without insurance and the best way to fight these policies is to properly train your pets. She also said West Virginia Voters for Animal Welfare is trying to work on a bill that would ban breed-specific legislation.

Animal shelter joins family in fight against ‘doggie discrimination’

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