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Hero pit bull turned away by landlords

Diamond is a documented hero — credited with saving the lives of her California family and named one of the nation’s top ten “Valor Dogs” — but landlords only see her as trouble.

Her owner says that despite being named one of the nation’s top ten “Valor Dogs” by the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), dozens of landlords are turning away “Diamond” because she’s a pit bull, WBIR-TV reports.

Darryl Steen, Diamond’s owner, says she woke him up when his apartment caught fire last October. He was able to get one of his daughters to safety by dropping her out of a window, but couldn’t reach the second child.

When firefighters finally got to her, Diamond was laying on top of the girl in an effort to protect her from the flames.

The dog suffered severe burns, but has recovered.

Steen says that several landlords have told them that pets are welcome, only to renege when they learn that Diamond is a pit bull.


Comment from smoketoomuch
Time March 17, 2011 at 9:34 am

Sadly, ignorance and prejudice abounds. Thanks John for shedding a well deserved light on this story.

Comment from jonathan gilbert
Time March 17, 2011 at 10:09 am

Blame the insurance companies that will not right policies for property owners that allow pitties, or if they do, the premiums are sooo high

Comment from Starla
Time March 17, 2011 at 10:29 pm

Wow! Brave Diamond deserves a Palace for what she did for her family. I hope some open minded landlord hears her story & steps up to help!

Comment from Gail
Time March 18, 2011 at 10:30 pm

I adore him already, he layed on top of the child to protect her “oh my goodness”, we have a pit in our building, she is sweet my cocker likes and kisses her hello, so how foolish, she and her mom are good tenants. The owner here is logical and fair.

Comment from nicole
Time March 24, 2011 at 4:41 pm

THANK YOU TO THE OWNERS FOR NOT GIVING UP ON DIAMOND!! SO MANY WOULD’VE LET HER GO! amazing story…we need more positive pit bull stories put out there!!

Comment from Val
Time April 8, 2011 at 1:28 pm

My vet was wonderful and instead of putting pit bull on the records, he put terrier, I didn’t ask him to, I noticed it when I was getting her licensed. That’s good enough for the insurance that my landlord has..the insurance agent even stopped by one day unannounced to look at the roof repair and the fencing..so she saw my dog..it’s too bad that people are so ignorant, both bad owners and underwriters. I would rent to them..but alas, I don’t own a home.

Comment from Cathy
Time April 22, 2011 at 6:22 pm

I fostered Diamond while her family recovered last october and she is the sweetest girl I have ever met. She lived in my house with my two dogs and 3 cats. All my animals loved her. It makes me sad that she still has not found a home. I wish some landlord would hear her story and step up. She deserves the best and so does her family.

Comment from Darryl steen
Time December 10, 2011 at 8:55 pm

This is Darryl Steen, I have finally found a place, for Diamond and my girls… I want say thanks for all the support. Let’s make the PITBULL a household breed of dog!!!!! Its not the dog, but it’s the BREEDER…….

Comment from jwoestendiek
Time December 11, 2011 at 10:10 am

Thanks for the update Darryl. Best of luck to you and Diamond.

john / ohmidog!