For those with disabilities, a service dog is often a godsend—making everyday life easier and sometimes even saving a life. Imagine Ann Mitchell’s shock when her apartment’s landlord in Windsor Locks, Connecticut refused to allow her disabled daughter to have a service dog in the apartment. Although the building has a no-pet policy, legally such policies do not apply to service dogs because they are not considered pets. Without the dog her daughter was experiencing 10 seizures a month, as opposed to only one or two in eight months before she gave up the dog. She desperately needed a dog back. Mitchell brought the landlord a letter of requirement from her daughter’s doctor, but he still refused, saying that they would be evicted if the canine moved in. Mitchell filed a housing discrimination complaint with the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities. After an investigation, the landlord was sentenced to pay $102,000 as compensation for injuries and $13,000 for Mitchell’s legal fees. Though $115,000 may not be worth the trauma and frustration the family had to go through, at least some justice is being done.
Family wins $115,000 and right to have service dog in apartmentIn Uncategorized on June 11, 2008 at 5:47 pm