I have a dog that is on my homeowner's insurance company's list of dangerous breeds. I've had the dog for several years, long enough that the family is well attached, and the insurance has known about him, but now they've decided to cancel my policy. I am trying to find another company to insure me, but haven't heard anything back yet. I'm trying to plan ahead, and look at every possible outcome.
I've checked into finding him a new home, but so far have found no one I would trust to care for him properly. I've checked my local shelter (a no-kill shelter, for the record) and they say that because we've been his owners since he was a puppy, he might not tolerate the change well (he's nearly 8 years old), and may become aggressive with other dogs, or even die of sadness. They say I should just put him to sleep if I can't keep him.
I don't want to give him away or put him to sleep, but if I can't find an insurance company that will take me with him, I have no choice - I have a mortgage, so I must have insurance. So my question is, if it comes down to giving him away or putting him to sleep, how do I explain this to my kids. One is nearly 13, the other is 8. I don't want to lie to them, but I don't want to give them the idea that I just gave up and let him go - so do I explain everything I've done to try to keep him? Or just tell them that we have to let him go and leave it at that?
Oh, and he's never bitten anyone, or gotten loose or anything other than just being his breed. I have no idea why they suddenly decided after all this time that he's got to go, unless someone just didn't pay attention.Answer Question
Asked by Anonymous at 5:28 PM on May. 21, 2013 in Pets
Answer by Ballad at 5:37 PM on May. 21, 2013
That's so ridiculous! I really hate insurance companies sometimes! I thought this country was realizing how ridiculous breed-specific laws are. If I were you, I'd call your local bar assoc. & ask for a free or low cost consult w/ an attorney to help you with this. Hopefully another insurance provider will be able to take you on & this will be a non-issue. GL!
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