Judy Largo and her dog, Daisy, are trying to find a home.
When Largo expressed interest in a mobile home community near Denver, Colorado, she was told that Daisy was not welcome because the community had a strict no pet policy.
Largo and her attorney are saying that Daisy is a service dog which would make her exempt under the Fair Housing Act. She is saying that doctors have said due to her mental illness, Daisy is her prescription and therapy.
“Most days I don’t even want to get out of bed, but I have to take her to the bathroom,” Largo said. “So it’s an inspiration.”
Largo said one manager wouldn’t bend the rules for the service dog.
“The first thing she said to me was, ‘I’ve clearly explained to you what our pet policy is. We don’t accept dogs. I don’t know why you are trying to challenge me,’” Largo said.
More on Largo challenging the mobile home community’s pet policy after the jump.
From The Denver Channel:
Under the Fair Housing Act, Largo has reason to challenge the pet restrictions because the law states that reasonable accommodations must be made for people with disabilities, and includes pet policies.
“It’s not so much that the no-pets policy has to be modified, but that it simply doesn’t apply here because these are not pets,” said disability attorney Amy Robertson. “They are animals that are designed to or trained to assist people with disabilities. The law does not require — and there is no certification for a companion animal, like you a driver’s license to drive a car.”
Because all service dogs don’t have to be certified, many people become confused about what is legal.
While some think service dogs only apply when people need them as a seeing-eye dog or as wheel chair assistance, they also apply when people need them for mental illnesses, under current law.
The general manager of Southpark Mobile Homes said he will allow her to move into the community under some rules and regulations. He said the dog must be kept indoors 100 percent of the time. The dog will not be allowed to run loose or on a leash, and the dog will not be allowed to urinate or defecate outdoors. The dog would have to use a litter box inside.
When asked if he thought the rules and regulations were reasonable, the manager said, “Yes.”