By Sloane Quealy-Miner
Darryl Steen’s family and their beloved pit bull Diamond have been featured in numerous publications since Diamond saved the family from a fire this past October.
Diamond awoke Darryl Steen, the single father of two with persistent barking early on October 24, 2010. Mr. Steen immediately realized his house was engulfed in flames. He was able to drop his youngest daughter out of a window to safety but his eldest daughter was scared and was hiding under a mattress. Darryl was not able to get to her. However, Diamond, their loving and loyal pitbull sat on top of the mattress protecting Steen’s eldest daughter from flames until rescuers arrived. In the process of protecting her family Diamond suffered burns over 30 percent of her body. Diamond has been hailed a hero and for her heroic efforts, Diamond was a finalist in the HSUS Fourth Annual Dogs of Valor Awards.
Well the story is not over. The Steen family cannot find any apartment rentals in Hayward, CA because Diamond is a pit bull . The property management companies as well as their insurance carriers are clearly ignorant and do not understand that aggression is a dog issue, not a breed issue. The Steen family will not abandon Diamond, she is part of their family, and she is the reason they are alive today.
CALL TO ACTION!
If you know of anyone with a rental property for Mr. Darryl Steen, his two daughters and their beloved hero pit bull Diamond in Hayward, CA please call Mr. Steen at 510-688-3707.
Diamond is a perfect example of what bully breed guardians face when trying to find homes. This kind of discrimination directly causes the deaths of countless well adjusted animals because community members cannot adopt them due to breedist pet policies. Property management companies need to do the right thing and get insurance from carriers that do not have breed specific policies. Not doing this results in many dogs being killed at shelters. Enough is enough, Speak out against breedism!
Please let some of the ignorant management companies in Hayward, CA know that their pet policies are killing animals! Send courteous and informative emails to the following : firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org;email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com;firstname.lastname@example.org;
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Breed restrictions in Hayward, CA at management companies I contacted
Akita, Alaskan Malamute, Chow, Dalmatian,Doberman Pinscher, German Shepherd, Great Dane, Husky, Pit Bull Terriers*, Rottweiler, Saint Bernard,and Wolf Dog Hybrids. *(including all Pit Bull breeds u2013 American Pit Bull Terriers, American or IrishStaffordshire Terriers, Bull Terriers, Pit Bulls, American Bull Dogs, and Presa Canario)
Dogs under 20lbs only, if allowed at all
VASONA MANAGEMENT (the person I spoke to hung up on me when I start questioning pet policy)