The Devia Family thought finding a new apartment was going to be easy, yet they were turned away by every single landlord — and just because of Rocco, their pet Pit Bull. However — showing true Pit-Bull-like tenacity — the Devias decided that they would rather live out of their car together than compromise by giving up their beloved pup.
A calm and sweet tempered seven year old pit bull, Rocco had been with the Devia family since he was a puppy. Thanks to breed specific laws and a cultural prejudice towards Pit Bulls, every landlord agreed to house the Devias and their dogs until they saw Rocco, considering him a violent dog simply because of his breed. What’s more, the landlords never had any issue with Camilla, the Devia’s Labrador.
At the end of the day, the only way the family could find an apartment was to give up Rocco. “I can’t find a place unless I give up my dog, and everyone tells me to, but I can’t do that,” said Carol Devia.
And as sad as the Devias’ circumstance was, thankfully it is always darkest before the dawn.
Karma Finally Finds It’s Mark
After a year of living in their car, a Pit Bull loving landlord offered them an apartment to live in, having seen their story on a pit bull advocacy wall.
“Pit Bull owners are good. The community is there and it’s an actual community because they all help each other. Thanks to the Pit Bull community who came together, we have a place,” said Devia.