A Hero Without a Home

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Diamond is a girl’s best friend, but because of breed profiling, the hero dog and her family are struggling to find a home.

The hero pit bull saved her family last October by rousing them as a fire ripped through their apartment while they slept. Diamond’s owner was able to get his youngest daughter out of the apartment, but his 16-year-old daughter became trapped by the fire.

Diamond was with her, and when firefighters found them, Diamond was laying on top of the girl to shield her from the fire while flames scorched the dog, refusing to leave her position despite the pain it was causing her, burning and blistering her body so badly that she was hospitalized for six weeks afterward. The LA SPCA later presented Diamond with their 29th Annual National Hero Dog award in recognition of her bravery.

Now, in an ironic and troubling twist, the family is struggling to find new housing. In the following report, Diamond’s owner tells George Lewis that landlords won’t rent to him – because of the very dog who saved his family.

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43 thoughts on “A Hero Without a Home”

  1. really sad that pits are such a condemned breed, most of the dog hero stories i’ve read are pitbulls and we still wanna keep em down and label as dangerous.

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  2. they need to stop all this profile crap. And what is with not renting to a dog that is profiled? It is not the dog who destroys an apartment or house, it is the kids.

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  3. What a sad story – on one hand we have another showing of the loyalty, trust, bravery and companionship offered by this amazing breed – then you see the ignorance and poor education of the public by not renting to this family because of their beloved Diamond!

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    • I just cannot understand how the landlord can go by the dog’s breed not the true loyalty of this loving animal for its family. So sad. I bet no landlord has a friend who would literally lay down his life to save him from the fire this poor dog gave his life to do. Thank goodness that Diamond is fine and hopefully someone will keep Diamond for this family until they can get on their feet again. My prayers are with them all.

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  4. If people want to keep their much loved profiled dogs, then let them pay extra for insurance for the dog. This is how it is done in Germany. They pay a higher tax every year for the profiled dogs. It should never keep a family from being able to rent a place. This is just wrong.

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  5. just goes to show how much love and devotion a dog can have when givin a little love and care in return…….a dog will protect to the very end…..truely humans best friend. hope they find a home soon xx

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  6. way to go dog! Such a shame that people but breed before deed so often…if I had a place to rent I’d be more than happy to let that family and their dog live there!!! hope they find somewhere soon 🙂

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