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