Breed Bigots stoop to new lows

We’re all familiar with the racist policies most apartment managers have these days. It’s difficult enough to find a complex that allows pets, but even when you do, they throw another hurdle at you: They either only permit icky “purse dogs” (One building has a 5lb weight limit on dogs. Good God. A hamster weighs more), or else they ban practically any breed worth owning. Recently, two local apartment corporations have stooped to new lows. Interestingly, both have complexes in Simi Valley – not a city know for its racial tolerance of people, let alone animals.

The worst offender is Sequoia Equities (They own Shadow Ridge and The Villas at Wood Ranch – and possibly others). Read just how psychotic their pet policy is: http://www.experienceshadowridge.com/p/apartments/pet_policy/simi-valley-ca-93065/shadow-ridge-apartment-homes-5404 

Yes, besides the usual victims, they even ban standard poodles, poodle mixes, basset hounds and ALL terriers save for Westies, Yorkies, and Jack Russells ( ehh, hate to tell them this, but Jack Russells can be very destructive dogs if kept in apartments). Even Dandie Dinmonts and fox terriers are banned!

But it just keeps getting dumber: one of their photos shows a dog snuggling with a cat. Interesting, the dog appears to be part German Shepherd – one of their banned breeds!!! Oh you’ve got to be fucking kidding me.

Another silly one is Fairfield Residential. They own Rancho Corrales in a toney section of Simi (seedy??) Valley. Among other things, their policy forbids dogs younger than 1 year old and most of the usual victims of breed discrimination, plus dalmations, huskies, and St. Bernards. They even require written approval for a bird or a fish. After their extensive list of banned breeds, they finish by saying, “We reserve the right to add additional restricted breeds at any time.” So in other words, all dogs are banned.

It is bad enough we have to deal with the usual breeds being banned. But these two corporations stoop to new lows and they must be stopped NOW. They need to learn that dogs are going to be the least of their concerns.

READ THEIR POLICIES, Call them now and give them hell.

Sequoia Equities: 1987 Ridgegate Lane, Simi Valley, CA 93065 (805) 328-3176 ‎

http://www.experienceshadowridge.com/

http://www.indianoaksapts.com/

Fairfield Residential: http://www.ranchocorrales-apts.com/

643 Country Club Drive, Simi Valley, CA 93065 | phone 866-847-3491

We welcome you and your best friend, too!

Looking for a new home for you and your pet? We are one of the few pet friendly communities in the area and enthusiastically welcome you and your pet (Some restrictions apply).

Pet Overview: Dogs and cats welcome. Your pet must be one year of age, have had health check and shots and be spayed or neutered. A signed animal addendum is required to be on file in our leasing office.

Deposit and Pet Rent: $500 deposit, $35 monthly pet rent

Additional Details: We also welcome your domestic pet if it is a bird or fish with written approval from our onsite management team. No reptiles or exotic animals please. Fish tanks are not to exceed 55 gallons.

Support Animals: If the animal is a service animal for a disabled person, pet deposits are not necessary and breed restrictions do not apply. A signed Letter Regarding Support Animals from a qualified professional verifying the need for the service animal along with proof of current rabies shots and licenses (if legally applicable) is required.

Breed Restrictions: We welcome all breeds of dogs at least one year old, except the following breed or mixed breed: 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 – American Pit Bull Terriers, American or Irish Straffordshire Terriers, Bull Terriers, Pit Bulls, American Bull Dogs, and Presa Canario.) We reserve the right to add additional restricted breeds at any time.

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4 Responses

  1. I think I said it on FB somewhere, about huskies becoming considered more and more of a “dangerous” breed. Have you ever encountered an aggressive/dangerous husky? I certainly haven’t. We HAVE a freaking husky, he’s about twice the size a normal husky should be, but other than looking intimidating he’s about as friendly as they come. And of course I also have my horrifically terrifying pit bull. By which I mean about the only thing he terrorizes is his toys. And the occasional paper towel.

    There are some seriously batshit insane breed bans around here, depending on the city. I’ll have to dig them up again but I have to wonder what people were smoking when they decided to ban some of these breeds.

    And really lolwut basset hounds.

    • I’ve never seen an aggressive husky. I’ve seen lots of extremely hyper huskies that will eat your home and all its furniture, LOL, but never people. In fact, years ago when I used to read dog books constantly, I read that they are very poor guard dogs. *shrugs*

      About 3 years ago, however, when I was trying to rescue dogs, I would check the online list of dogs available at the local pounds. I did see lots of PUREBRED (they could have been show dogs they were so perfect looking) huskies. Even some red ones, which I didn’t expect to see, either. There was one red male that I tried to network. I posted his info on Craigslist (have you ever tried doing that? It actually works sometimes!) and got a few inquiries on him. So I called the pound (East Valley Animal Shelter in Van Nuys; one of the WORST) and they told me he was dead. I was shocked. I know it happens to pits and chi’s because they are so common, but a purebred, gorgeous, red Siberian Husky?????? They told me it was because he was aggressive and bit (or tried to bite) somebody. 😦 So I don’t know what is going on with the breed, if anything. Like I said, I kind of think apartments are banning them (and ALL the ones I’ve seen lately do ban them) because they could be part wolf. I mean, they ban all sorts of dogs just because they LOOK like pits. So….maybe that’s it? Next time I go to a dog show maybe I could ask the husky people what they think.

      By the way, since your husky is so big, could he be half malamute? I suppose it would be hard to tell unless he has a curly tail, which malamutes do, unlike pure huskies. I had (what we thought was) a malamute or malamute/husky mix once. He was awesome. And 100% non-aggressive.

      My jaw is STILL hanging open from reading about how Sequoia Equities, which owns at least 2 properties near here, has banned bassets and standard poodles. Oh, and I forgot to tell you that another apartment management company, in their pet policies, bans “Irish Staffordshire Terriers”. Say what???

  2. The list of breeds will grow as people change the names of their dogs breed trying to get certain types around exhisting policies. Breed bans are a symptom, not the problem. The problem is irresponsible owners trying to turn their pets into things they aren’t, denying what they are and refusing to manage them according to their needs. By doing so they damage property, and are the cause of the maulings, deaths etc we all hear about in the media. I have yet to see a case with a Pit Bull where the owner wouldn’t swear on a stack of bibles their dog had never once shown any sign of aggression until the day it harmed or killed something, denial, refusal to manage correctly according to breed type and inherent temperament, trying to turn a Pit Bull into a Golden Retriever, to manage it like one and expect it to behave like one when it is a game, highly intelligent terrier, is why we have these problems, and bans at apartments etc will continue to get worse until the problem causing them stops.

    I raised Siberians and Malamutes for over 20 years, they are not, like Pit Bulls are not, easy to own. Their prey drive is powerful and part of thier genetic drive, people trying to own them, manage them, like they would a cocker spanial or Golden Retriever are why the breeds get into trouble, people who have owned 1,2,4,10 of them thinking the ownership of that microscopic number of dogs makes them an expert and that their experiences with that microscopic sample of the breed are “normal” for the breed perpetuate myths, make others think they can manage a husky like a poodle because someone else did and nothing bad happened, then their Husky kills their neighbors shih tzu and everyone thinks the Husky is a nasty deviant when in reality, that Husky is behaving like a husky and nobody should have ever expected different, the owner should have managed their dog differently and if the owner had, nothing bad ever would have happened.

    People need to stop over-simplifying things, they need to stop down playing the very real management challenges in owning certain types of dogs. Pit Bull people need to stop crying that their breed is all about “raising it right” it isn’t, it’s about managing them right throughout their entire lives, accepting them as what they are and not trying to turn them into something they aren’t in a misdirected attempt to proove that the breed isn’t exactly what it is, a highly intelligent, driven, game terrier of immense power. When people stop trying to turn an Apple into an Orange because they want it to be, breed bans will go away because they wont be needed to protect people from the misguided if well-meaning lovers of breeds capable of doing great harm.

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