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.
The lawsuit cites four: He exceeds the complexâ€™s 35-pound weight limit for dogs. He mauled a neighborâ€™s smaller dog. He conducts his business where heâ€™s not supposed to. And he runs loose sometimes.
â€œItâ€™s a big dog and it mauled another dog,â€ said the associationâ€™s attorney Rex Wolfgang.
Thatâ€™s a serious concern, and a potential liability problem, he said.
â€œNow you have a dog thatâ€™s exhibited aggressive tendencies toward smaller animals. Thereâ€™s a lot of small children in that neighborhood too,â€ Wolfgang said.
â€œIf 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?â€
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 doctorâ€™s statement that Jazzman in fact qualifies as a therapy dog, the canine might get a reprieve, Wolfgang said.