Stop Landlords from Discriminating Against Dogs Based on Breed

Pit Bull

Target: Rep. Sheldon Silver, Speaker of the New York State Assembly

Goal: Prohibit landlords from unfairly discriminating against dogs based on breed

Many dogs owners with pit bulls or similar breeds have an extremely hard time finding housing in New York. Countless landlords unfairly deny applicants based solely on the appearance of their dog, resulting in high numbers of dogs being surrendered to shelters where they face an almost certain death. Urge government representatives to support proposed legislation that would prohibit breed discrimination by landlords.

Pit bulls and similar breeds have been victims of widespread discrimination for far too long. They are unfairly judged by landlords based on their appearance rather than their temperament and personality, making it nearly impossible for owners to find housing. While some owners are able to keep their dogs until housing can be found, many feel they have no choice but to surrender their beloved pets to overcrowded animal shelters where pit bulls have extremely low adoption rates and face an almost certain death.

Assembly Bill 6949 would outlaw breed discrimination in housing, forcing landlords to fairly judge applicants with dogs based on the pet’s behavior rather than appearance. Not only would this bill make it easier for New York dog owners with pit bulls to find housing, it would also help keep owners and their pets together, potentially lowering shelter intake and kill rates. Urge state representatives to take a step toward ending breeding discrimination altogether by outlawing it in housing.


Dear Mr. Silver,

It is extremely difficult for dog owners with well-behaved pit bulls or similar breeds to find housing in New York. Currently, it is legal for landlords to deny applicants because of the way their dog looks rather than its behavior and temperament, forcing many dog owners to surrender their beloved pets to overcrowded shelters where they will likely be killed. I urge you to support proposed legislation that would outlaw such actions.

Assembly Bill 6949 would prohibit breed discrimination in housing and require landlords to judge applicants’ dogs based on their behavior rather than their breed. The bill would make it far less difficult for New York dog owners to find housing, and could also lower animal shelter intake and kill rates by keeping pets and their owners together. I urge you to show compassion for well-behaved family pets and their owners by supporting A.B. 6949.


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  1. Tamara Heikalo says:

    As long as there sufficient evidence of good training for ANY breed.

  2. If a tenant is paying rent he/she should be entitled to have whatever size dog(s)or cats in that space. The tenant is paying for living space which is his/her space so they can have pets in their space. If pets are considered properties then so is a sofa/bed etc which is allowed in apartments. Our government and officials must do whatever they can to alleviate the animal homelessness and this starts with banning landlords from prohibiting pets in an apartment space that the pet owner is paying for.

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