NYC complex in doghouse over strict no-pet rule

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Posted: May 16, 2012 11:37 AM
NYC complex in doghouse over strict no-pet rule

A sprawling housing complex in the Bronx has been fined $85,000 for not allowing residents to keep emotional-support dogs.

The Daily News reports ( http://nydn.us/IXIyRF) that the company that manages Co-op City was fined by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for denying two clinically depressed residents their pets.

Co-op City has a strict no-dog policy, but federal law requires housing providers to make accommodations for disabled residents.

A HUD official tells the newspaper that emotional-support pets are no different from service dogs for blind people.

A lawyer for the management company says the firm adopted a new policy in December that has led to more accommodation requests being granted.

That's good news for JoeJoe the Maltese and Figgy Newton, a Chihuahua-whippet mix. They can sit and stay.

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Information from: Daily News, http://www.nydailynews.com