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Home insurance company drops officer because of

Home insurance company drops officer because of

Home insurance company drops officer because of
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By Margery A. Beck
Associated Press

OMAHA, Neb.  — A Nebraska sheriff’s deputy is being dropped by his home insurance company, who says the police dog he keeps at his Omaha home is a risk it is not willing to bear. And the head of the nation’s largest police union warns American Family Insurance Co. to prepare to be shunned by its 325,000 members.

Douglas County Deputy Andy Woodward, 36, said he learned this summer after the insurance company conducted its annual inspection of his home that American Family was considering ending his homeowner’s policy because he cares for his K-9, Diezel — considered an aggressive dog by the insurance company, because it’s trained to attack on command.

Woodward said he informed his agent that the county carries liability insurance for the dog and thought the matter was settled. But American Family sent him a letter this month, informing him his policy would end on Dec. 19 “due to the additional liability exposure of your police dog,” the document reads.

“It was just like a slap in the face,” said Woodward, who is required by the sheriff’s office to keep the 4-year-old Belgian Malinois at his home. “I’m going to get dropped from my home insurance for this?”

Steve Witmer, a spokesman for American Family, called the cancellation “an unfortunate misunderstanding,” saying the company expected the…………… continues on Police News

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