Family That Chose To Live In Their Car Rather Than Give Up Their Pit Bull Finds A Home

Last month, news surfaced that the Devia family of Walnut Creek, Calif., were in a bind. After Carol and Peter Devia lost their apartment after both being laid off, they struggled to find another home that would allow them to keep their pit bull, Rocco. The couple eventually found themselves living in their car, while their two sons decided to stay with friends.

But the family has finally received some good news. After a local landlord caught wind of the Devias' situation, he offered the family and Rocco -- along with their other pup, Camilla -- a place to live, according to ABC News.

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Families with pit bulls sometimes face uphill battles while seeking out new real estate. While the push to repeal laws that allow dog breed-specific discrimination regarding housing has picked up steam as of late, a stigma remains surrounding pit bulls and the misconception they're dangerous by nature.

However, public opinion is pretty pro-pit bull, at least when it comes to their owners' rights. Best Friends Animal Society commissioned a national survey that found a whopping 84 percent of Americans believe that local, state or federal governments should not infringe on a person’s right to own whatever breed of dog they choose.

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"Pit bull owners are good," Carol Devia told ABC News after finding a new home. "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."