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Published: Monday, 4/6/2015 - Updated: 24 minutes ago

BY ALEXANDRA MESTER
BLADE STAFF WRITER

Three years after Ohio law became breed-neutral, some dog owners still face sizable hurdles because of their pets’ breeds.

One of the largest obstacles is insurance. It is common practice in Ohio for insurance companies to maintain a list of breeds they consider high-risk and handle differently from others.

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Homeowners Insurance
By David Moran contact the reporter

A Connecticut lawmaker wants to make it illegal for insurance companies to inquire about or discriminate against a specific breed of dog when issuing a homeowners insurance policy, but industry advocates say such a law would only make all homeowners insurance policies in Connecticut more expensive.

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"Some of you can remember the day when it wasn’t pit bulls," King earlier testified. "It was German Shepherds. They were associated with World War II and Germans and being attack dogs. That went out of style. Then it became Dobermans and Rottweilers. They were the stigmatized breed. Now it’s pit bulls."

For example, South Jordan — the major opponent to the new law — had passed a ban on pit bulls after a 1997 attack on a girl who was walking home.

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Author David McCandless might not realize it, but a graphic excerpted from his book Knowledge Is Beautiful: Impossible Ideas, Invisible Patterns, Hidden Connections–Visualized, is making waves amongst animal lovers … and not in a good way. The aim of this book is to collect the thousands of bits and pieces of data that we, as human beings, are bombarded with everyday and to display this information in a way that not only “makes sense” but moreover is visually beautiful.

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PugsFive of the Kennedy pugs: Sadee, Lily, Onslow, Ralphie and Greta. 

So the idea was to get a solid list of the best breeds of dogs for families with babies or small children. A couple of calls to veterinarians or shelters or trainers would do the trick, right? No problem.

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Like clockwork each summer, children and elderly people become victims of attacks by dogs running at large. Sometimes, people enter a dog’‍s territory and are bitten.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that about 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs each year. Medical attention is required for 885,000 people; children account for half of those injuries.

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SAN ANTONIO — Monica Ramos was having renovations done on her home. She has three dogs: a lab, a pit bull and a Yorkie. The lab is the dominant dog in the home, she says. Her contractor, however, asked her to confine her pit bull because they found her “intimidating.”

During the renovation, one of Ramos' nieces came over to play.

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There are many places where you can find a great dog. The type of dog you want will play a part in determining where you should get your dog. For example, if you want a purebred puppy, you should purchase your dog from a reputable breeder. If you want an adult dog, an animal shelter or a rescue group might be a better choice for you.… Read the full post here