A pet policy in place for 25lbs., but large dogs in the complex…?

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My grandfather was visiting his best friend, Ed, in his retirement community trailer park with his 35 pound black lab mix for a few months. The Board over the community got a complaint from one old man in the park simply because my grandfather’s dog was in excess of the 25 pound pet limitation. Ed, his neighbors and my grandfather have all stated that there are MANY other larger and even aggressive dogs in the community. Regardless they made my grandfather and his dog leave. All of the neighbors love his dog because he is so gentle and gets along with their dogs great…basically this is not an issue is where I’m going. Does the trailer park have any leg to stand on if they are allowing other larger dogs to stay in the park??? Seems a little ridiculous to me when the dog has created no problem and they are pulling the wool over their eyes on other cases. Secondly, is there a way around this, say…getting his dog qualified as a therapy dog for my grandfathers 85 year old friend? I know it’s tough to be a service dog, but it seems that a therapy dog is much easier “certification”. Any help is greatly appreciated before we try and contact an attorney.

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Answer by David
Unfortunately, your gandfather’s dog exceeds the limit, so there’s nothing for him to do but abide by it and leave. The reason the Board took action was because of the complaint. Somebody probably doesn’t like your grandfather’s friend. The only recourse is to file compliants on all the other dog owners who are not observing the rule and force the Board into action against them as well. Of course, you might try to the tact of making a list of all the dogs exceeding the limit and let the board know you intend to file these complaints if your grandfather’s dog is being forced out. Maybe they would reconsider rather than try to enforce the eviction of many people and their dogs.

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2 comments on “A pet policy in place for 25lbs., but large dogs in the complex…?

  1. Yes, therapy dog “certification” is easier to get, but it also doesn’t give you a right to have the dog any place that pet dogs aren’t permitted. It only takes a couple of months, a training class (about $ 100), a test (about $ 25), registration (about $ 25), and liability insurance to make a dog a therapy dog. Your grandfather would still have to have permission from the landlord to have the dog there, though the additional training and liability insurance might persuade them to permit it.

    A service dog requires extensive training, typically 18-24 months and belongs to a qualified individual with a disability. So even if you got the dog trained as a service dog (which is unlikely since it’s very expensive, few people train private dogs, and few dogs are up to the challenge), your grandfather would have to give it to his disabled friend for it to qualify to live with him.

    If your grandfather’s friend wants a pet dog, he should just get one that is under 25 pounds, then he won’t have to argue about it. Who wants to argue about something when it isn’t necessary?

  2. I’m sure that the rule is in place because you don’t want someone bringing a huge Rottweiler in that could hurt the older people even if it didn’t mean to. One step on an elderly person’s foot and they would need hospital attention. I’m sure your Grandfathers dog is wonderful, but as the owner of two lab’s myself I know that if they want to push you around they do. In a home with older people that could be dangerous.

    In the future your friend that lives at the complex needs to get special permission before your grandfather brings his dog to visit. That is just common courtesy.

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