Your Dog’s Breed Won’t Cost You New York Home Insurance
Animal lovers celebrate a new law passed by the New York State Legislature. As the Union of times reports, home insurance providers can no longer deny coverage to pet owners based on their dog’s breed.
Previously, insurance companies had the right to deny owners coverage if they thought their dogs were predisposed to be aggressive. Pit bulls are common targets of these policies, in addition to German Shepherds and Doberman Pinschers. Insurers were also allowed to increase premiums based on the type of dog their customers owned under the old law.
Animal rights activists have long called for the practice to be banned because the lists of so-called dangerous breeds used by insurance companies may be based on harmful stereotypes. Aggressive dogs are often products of their environment, and focusing only on genetics oversimplifies a complicated problem.
In addition to punishing pet owners, breed-specific bans can indirectly lead to the euthanasia of hard-to-adopt dogs. Pit bulls are an important part of all shelter dogs, and breed laws and policies discourage pet owners from adopting them.
Thanks to legislation signed by Governor Kathy Hochul in October 2021, New York pet owners no longer have to worry about which breed of dog they choose affecting their home insurance. But dogs of certain breeds are still stigmatized in other parts of the country. In some parts of Florida, pit bulls are banned outright. Here are more facts about American Pit Bull Terriers you should know.