[nagdu] Family Rebuffs Co-op Board, Insists Its Support Dog Can Bark All It Wants

Ginger Kutsch Ginger at ky2d.com
Sun Sep 14 11:40:27 UTC 2014

Family Rebuffs Co-op Board, Insists Its Support Dog Can Bark All It Wants

Co-op & Condo Boards | Habitat Magazine

Sept. 12, 2014 


As even disability-rights advocates like Service Dog Central point out, case
law relating to the federal Fair Housing Act allows even a bona fide service
animal to be removed from an apartment building "if the presence of the
animal causes a fundamental alteration of the goods and services offered to
other tenants. For example, a dog that nuisance barks keeping neighbors
awake at night...." Yet as the New York Daily News reports, a family at an
East 86th Street co-op is suing the board in order to keep a support dog
that the board's attorney says is a barking nuisance - with the family
rebuffing requests to train the dog to diminish barking or to soundproof the
apartment. Harriet Woodard says her 32-year-old daughter Elizabeth suffers
from mast cell activation syndrome, and her dog Olivia instinctively alerts
her to trigger foods or to lie down when her blood pressure is about to
spike. All well and good. Still doesn't explain the family's selfish refusal
to soundproof.



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