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Hello, are there are parole/probation restrictions regarding pit bulls - specificity a roommate owning one, not the person on parole owning one his or herself? The dog would however be in the same household.
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Yes, certain breeds of dogs can be problematic and the home placement can be denied if the dog isn't relocated. Its up to the PO, but most PO's don't want to show up for a home visit and be met with a growling, barking, biting canine.
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patchouli nailed it...but it is ALSO worth being aware of local ordinances...there are some jurisdictions that have imposed regulations on even OWNING pit bulls. Many insurance companies ALSO will not write a policy when the home owner or tenant owns a pit bull (in addition to some other known dangerous breeds).
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It can also depend on what the crime was. Crimes against animals usually have restrictions about not being in a household with animals (e.g. dog fighting) and even some sex crimes include that restriction.

First thing I'd do is check the court papers for the conviction - those will have the court ordered restrictions. Next up would be calling the PO if one has already been assigned, to see what s/he has to say about it.

As Patchouli said, some PO's are not going to be accepting of Pit Bulls, but might be accepting of other dogs. I, personally, have never met a mean Pit Bull, but that's my experience and I don't tend to associate with people who intentionally try to make dogs mean, so I've never been exposed to a pittie who was aggressive. There's also the breed stigma/stereotype, so many people, PO's included, are already biased against them before they even meet one.
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Having been knocked over repeatedly by an overly-loving pit, I can understand a PO's reluctance to deal with that very often!

It really is PO-specific as to whether and which type dogs will be allowed.
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Hello, are there are parole/probation restrictions regarding pit bulls - specificity a roommate owning one, not the person on parole owning one his or herself? The dog would however be in the same household.
There is now a standard condition about having dangerous animals. However, it's really going to be on your area and the CCO.

As always, the CCO assigned to the case is the best person to ask.
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