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Breed Restrictions Could End At Austin-Area Apartments
The City of Austin's Animal Advisory Commission is considering ending all breed restrictions at apartment complexes.
Commission Chair David Lundstedt tells us there is a work group brainstorming ideas for the possible reversal of policy.
"It hinders the city's ability to place some of these dogs or they get adopted and come back. So what we would like to see is apartments loosening their ban on certain dogs," said Lundstedt.
John Deas works at KEYE TV. He has been fostering a boxer named Slash for six months. "We got a long so I thought he was a good one to help out," said Deas.
He says he didn't know this type of breed would prevent him from finding a home.
"A lot of the places I looked at, boxers are on restricted breeds," said Deas.
After searching, he found a spot on South Lamar, but the fees are piling up.
"Prices are skyrocketing because you pay pet deposits, you pay extra pet rent. It just adds on top," said Deas.
The Austin Apartment Association is against the initiative. Chair Sandy Eckhardt says the end on breed restrictions would increase rent for those without dogs.
"Allowing those onto property could increase our insurance premiums and our liability, hence why we are opposed to this," Eckhardt said.
The Animal Advisory Commission will vote in the coming months on whether this will be taken up with Austin City Council.
By Christie Post