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By Phillip Snyder, Executive Director
Published in the Englewood Sun on January 20, 2013
Several years ago, in fact sometime in the mid-1980s I watched a very distraught senior couple fighting back tears as they explained why they had to surrender their canine friend to the local humane society. They explained that they had received a letter from their insurance company refusing to renew their homeowner’s policy. The reason stated was that they owned a Rottweiler dog.
To begin with, the dog, though fairly large, with an elegant look, did not appear much like a Rottweiler. I asked them if their pet had ever bitten anyone or displayed aggressive tendencies. They replied that their friend had been with them since puppyhood, and had never growled or lunged at anyone. Again, this was the 80’s and the insurance issue was a new one to me. At that time I thought I had heard all the reasons people give when having to surrender their pet, so this presented a new and very disturbing issue.