May 15, 2011 7:32 PM by Matt Stafford
Missy Mueller is hearing the same thing over and over while looking for a place to rent.
"Do you take pets? Absolutely! What about a Pit Bull? Oh, no," that's how Mueller says her conversations have gone with property managers. Mueller says she's called all over the Colorado Springs area.
Mueller doesn't see her eight-year-old Pit Bull, Jane, the same way they do.
"They're a big poster-dog for drug dealers and gangs," says Mueller.
Mueller says Jane has been nothing but sweet in the seven years that they've had her. Now, with her family's lease up, Mueller is still hearing landlords say, "no Pit Bulls."
"We have, as of yet, no where to move into; so everything's in storage and that's where my family, my kids, are going to be living," Mueller says, pointing to the pop-up camper behind her. That's what her family of five will be living in until they find someplace else.
"It's one of those things you just don't need, you don't want for your kids; and it's just ridiculous because it's not like we can get rid of her (Jane)," says Mueller. "She's a member of our family for starters but the rescues are full, the shelters are full; there's no where for her to be."
"Pit Bulls, stereotypically, have maybe been categorized as a breed that's more prone to risk," Brad Butler, a property manager with New Age Real Estate, LLC. Butler says he's rented to Pit Bull owners before; but for him, each pet is a case by case basis.
"Really the goal for us is to minimize the risk for our owner-clients," says Butler. "I think you have to take the whole package into consideration and match the breed with the home that's being applied for."
Butler says with today's technology, it couldn't hurt to use a camera to show some video of your dog to the landlord. It might convince them it's a friendly dog. He also suggests having your veterinarian call the landlord as a reference for your dog. Butler says he would consider either of those options with an open mind.
Mueller says she's asked for property managers to meet her dog, but no luck. Now she doesn't know what to do.
"How long do you think it could be? News First 5 asked Mueller.
"A while, but a least it's summer," Mueller responded. She says it's hard to find the positive, but adds that at least her family is still together.
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