World Trade Center Survivor Battles Condo Association Over Dogs

Marvin Pickrum, a 9/11 survivor, says his dog has helped him deal with the after effects of the World Trade Center attack. He was having a hard time adjusting afterwards and a counselor said a dog would be good therapy.

Now, his condo neighbors are trying to evict his German shepherd, Jazzman, because they say that he exceeds the condo’s 35-pound weight limit and that he has attacked another dog.

The condo association sued Tuesday. Now, Pickrum has 28 days to respond to the complaint, and then a hearing will be set in court.

More on the case after the jump.

From Cincinnati.com:

Jazzman’s faults?

The lawsuit cites four: He exceeds the complex’s 35-pound weight limit for dogs. He mauled a neighbor’s smaller dog. He conducts his business where he’s not supposed to. And he runs loose sometimes.

“It’s a big dog and it mauled another dog,” said the association’s attorney Rex Wolfgang.

That’s a serious concern, and a potential liability problem, he said.

“Now you have a dog that’s exhibited aggressive tendencies toward smaller animals. There’s a lot of small children in that neighborhood too,” Wolfgang said.

“If you were on a condominium board and you allow a dog with a history of violence to stay, then that dog goes out and mauls a child, what do you think a jury would do to that condominium board?”

Wolfgang said a story Thursday in the Hamilton Journal News was the first he heard that Jazzman was considered a therapy dog.

If the Pickrums can produce a doctor’s statement that Jazzman in fact qualifies as a therapy dog, the canine might get a reprieve, Wolfgang said.

(Thanks Bugzmama)

3 Responses to “World Trade Center Survivor Battles Condo Association Over Dogs”

  1. kelly says:

    I UNDERSTAND THE CONCERNS WHAT A DOG OF THIS SIZE MAY DO IF LEFT UNATTENDED TO ME THAT IS THE KEY MR PICKRUM SHOULD KEEP HIS DOG ON A LEASH AND KEEP IT IN CHECK SO THAT THE DOG CAN NOT HURT OTHERS BUT AS FOR THE OTHER CHARGES THAT THE DOG IS TO BIG (OVER THE 35 LB. LIMIT) RULES CAN BE BROKEN IF DONE IN A CORRECT MANNER I MEAN COME ON THIS POOR GUY HAS BEEN THROUGH ENOUGH PAIN WITHOUT THE STUPID CHARGES OF THE DOG BEING OVER THE WEIGHT LIMIT.YES KEEP THE DOG ON A LEASH WHEN OUT DON’T LET HIM OUT UNATTENDED BUT LET HIM KEEP HIS DOG IF HE HAS HELPED HIM WITH THE AWFUL PAIN OF 9/11. COME ON PEOPLE HAVE A HEART.

  2. rescuemom says:

    We don’t know the details of the attack… but if it can be proven that this dog is violent, then I would certainly not want to be in a neighbouring condo, unless the dog is required to be leashed and muzzled at all times.

    Sorry, but I have very little tolerance for dog attacks. The owner needs to take responsibility. Hiding behind an (admittedly) terrible past does not excuse him from his moral obligations to ensure that his dog is not put in a situation where he can injure another animal or person.

    Given that the board already has a rule regarding dogs over 35lbs (and surely the owner knew of the rule and the size of the dog, and common sense would be to either choose a dog that is under the weight limit or move) and the owner has three strikes against him, this guy is so obviously NOT a responsible pet owner. And I have a strong dislike for any pet owner who is not fully responsible for his pet’s actions and wellbeing… it’s people like THIS that caused that 35lb law to be enacted in the first place, and why so many apartment and condo units won’t accept pets of any kind.

    Sorry, but this guy needs a reality check.

  3. KELLY says:

    RESCUEMOM DO YOU RESCUE PETS OR PEOPLE I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW. I DISAGREE WITH YOUR COMMENT ON HIDING BEHIND A TERRIBLE PAST. DID YOU WATCH THE PHOTOS OR VIDEOS ON TV ABOUT 9/11 I GUESS NOT OR YOU WOULD HAVE A LITTLE MORE INSIGHT ON WHAT YOU WROTE. YES DOG ATTACKS ARE A TERRIBLE THING BUT SO IS A PERSON TRYING TO RECOVER FROM THE EFFECTS OF 9/11


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