A California family that chose homelessness over abandoning their dog has found a new home, thanks to the help of a pit bull advocacy group. Carol Devia, her husband and two sons spent several months living out of their car after they were evicted from their apartment, unable to find a new home as landlord after landlord refused to let them move in with their dogs -- Camilla, a lab mix, and Rocco, a pit bull. According to Devia, it was clear immediately that the lab mix wasn't the issue.
"When landlords see Camilla, they have no problem with her," Devia told ABC News. "Everybody will take her ... But as soon as they see Rocco, they say ‘Oh no.'"
But now, all that has changed. After Bad Rap, a pit bull advocacy group, posted about the family's plight online, a landlord in the San Francisco Bay Area reached out to the Devias and offered them an affordable home in his building, where both Rocco and Camilla will have space to play freely. The family was able to move in immediately, just in time for Devia's eldest son to celebrate his birthday. She says it wouldn't have been so without the help of other pit bull-lovers.
"Pit bull owners are good," Devia said. "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."