Hero dog now homeless because she's a pit bull

4:54 PM, Mar 16, 2011   |    comments
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A dog credited with saving the lives of her California family is desperately looking for a new home.

Her owner says that despite being named one of the nation's top ten "Valor Dogs" by the Humane Society of the United States, landlords are turning away "Diamond" because she's a pit bull.

Darryl Steen says Diamond woke him up when his apartment caught fire last October.

He was able to get one of his daughters to safety by dropping her out of a window, but couldn't reach the second child.

When firefighters finally got to her, Diamond was laying on top of the girl in an effort to protect her from the flames.

The dog suffered severe burns, but has recovered.

The Steen family is looking for a new home where they can live with Diamond, but so far dozens of landlords have turned them away.

Darryl Steen says that several landlords have told them that pets are welcome, only to renege when they learn that Diamond is a pit bull.

He says the breed's reputation shouldn't ruin the life of one proven hero.

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