Many homeowners as well as renters in San Diego are being denied insurance because of the breed or weight of their pet dogs. Insurers point to a joint study issued several years ago by AVMA and the Centers for Disease Control assessing dog bites in deciding which breeds are restricted, even though the CDC has issued a statement saying the study does not "identify specific breeds that are most likely to bite or kill, and thus is not appropriate for policy-making decisions. An AVMA task force concluded, "It is not possible to calculate a bite rate for a breed or to compare rates between breeds."

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