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No Breed Discrinimation

Since May of 2013 there has been a law requiring no dog discrimination by breed. This means that a landlord cannot forbid tenants who own a Pitbull, or any other breed, from renting their home. Rottweilers likewise cannot selectively denied as a pet solely based upon the dog breed.

From the Las Vegas Review Journal:

"Gov. Brian Sandoval signed the bill May 24, making Nevada the 14th state to prohibit breed-specific legislation. The bill goes into effect Oct. 1, 2013.

The new legislation allows local governments to continue passing laws that target dangerous or vicious dogs so long as the laws are free from breed bias."

The reason for this law is avoid assigning the breed a negative characteristic when not all dogs that same breed are dangerous or vicious. Not all Pit Bulls are bloodthirsty, fighting dogs, as is the common misconception. This false conception leads to abandonment, cruelty or improper training of the dogs. The dogs suffer from the labels applied by the populace.

Service Animals or Comfort Animals

True "service and comfort" animals cannot be discriminated against as an aid for a handicapped person. Service or comfort animals cannot be treated as a common pet. Landlords cannot deny the admittance of a service or comfort animal and there cannot be pet deposits required.

The traditional vision of a service animal is a "seeing eye dog" assisting a blind owner. The well trained spider monkey who fetches items for the quadraplegic patient is another common service animal conception.

The "service" and "comfort" animal definition has expanded to anyone who can obtain or purchase the appropriate certificate. Tenants now bring their "service" or "comfort" animals to a rental home

The landlord's problem is service animals have begun to proliferate to ever increasing levels whether they are qualified to be a service animal or not. The reason is there is no official standards of certification of a service and comfort animals. There are no state or nationally recognized standardized certification of these animals. Tenants now recognize this loophole in the law and now tenants can claim any and all pets are "service animals". Because there are no guidelines to determine a "legitimate" service animals now any animal with a certificate must be considered as genuine.

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