Insurer Gives Muncie Pit Bull Owners Ultimatum

September 26, 2013

A Muncie, Ind., couple says their insurance company has ordered them to rehome their pit bulls or lose their homeowners’ insurance.

Shelter Insurance Companies wrote Brad Reinke last month saying the dogs posed a potential liability hazard and should be removed.

Reinke tells The Star Press the company is discriminating against the breed without meeting the dogs.Pit Bull

Shelter officials say excluding aggressive breeds of dogs from homeowners’ coverage has been a common practice for decades.

Dog bites accounted for more than a third of all homeowners insurance liability claims paid out in 2012 and cost more than $489 million.

Shelter says the Reinkes have until April to remove the dogs. The couple plans instead to shop for a new policy.

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  • September 30, 2013 at 3:25 pm
    Interested says:
    Do your research Paul Kersey. Pit Bulls were bred for their propesnsity "NOT" to bite humans - so they were used in dog fights. It depends on the dog training. And one more... read more
  • September 30, 2013 at 1:20 pm
    Terri says:
    If a German Shepherd bites, I would bet good money that it was about 99.9% warranted. I own 4 purebred shepherds and not one of them has ever bitten anyone...and if they do, ... read more
  • September 30, 2013 at 12:26 pm
    InsGuy says:
    Actually, the "myth" you speak of is not a myth at all. The genetic propensity for violence is a direct result of decades of in-bred offspring.

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