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Family wins $115,000 and right to have service dog in apartment

In Uncategorized on June 11, 2008 at 5:47 pm

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.

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  1. This is good news. It’s about time landlords pay for discrimination. There is so many people with disabilities with their service animals being denied access, whether be place of business, state buildings, or housing. So it’s really nice to see that justice prevailed. Still it’s the drama that is put on the family and the individual with a disability (adult or child). Thanks for sharing.

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