A Colorado lawmaker is hoping to end discrimination against big dogs with the introduction of a bill that, if passed, would prevent HOAs and landlords from banning large breeds.
For pet owners looking for a home to rent, having large dogs can make the process incredibly difficult. Even in cities where no breed restrictions exist, a vast majority of apartments and rental properties place size restrictions on pets in the home.
But, State Rep. Paul Rosenthal (D-Denver) is hoping HB-1126 will make it easier for Coloradoans to find housing by ending discrimination against big dogs statewide, making it easier for families to stay together.
Rosenthal says when it comes to renting a home, it shouldn’t matter the dog’s breed or size. “In a lot of ways, it’s just: ‘is this a behaved dog?’” he said. “I think this is a fairness issue and right now people with big dogs are being treated unequally.”
If passed, the new law would end size and weight restrictions set forth by landlords and home owners associations within the state. It would not, however, end breed-specific legislation already in place in cities like Denver, which bans pit bulls. HOAs and landlords could still ban pets altogether.
What do you think? Would you support this bill in your own state? Have you ever faced difficulty finding housing because of discrimination against big dogs? Weigh in with a comment below!