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Trouble with HOA and my service animalNov 27, 2017

I recently rented and moved into a 100+ unit condominium building with my 10lb service dog. I provided the HOA and board members with her documentation as well as medical documentation stating the need for the service animal. My concern is the HOA has a rule that all service animals must be CARRIED in- and out of the property. Last week, due to this strange request and while carrying my Pomeranian, I slipped and feel outside of the condo in the rain- landing on the dog in a puddle of mud, and injuring my wrist and shoulder. The following day I was too sore to lift and carry the dog while riding the elevator down; once the lobby doors opened I was instantly screamed at by one of the residents. I am having a very hard time finding a law in the ADA.gov that states a HOA can impose such a rule- There has been nothing but rude remarks, unpleasant stares and overall rudeness by other resident sin this building- please note this was the first and only time she was not carried in/out of the building. I am tried of the harassment and frankly feel very uncomfortable living here. Is there anyone who can give me some advise or send me in the right direction? I've been calling lawyers all day and cannot find anyone who handles this kind of ADA discrimination...thank you!

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Service Animals - Steven424 Nov 29, 2017

I'm trying to visualize how a visually-impaired individual of slight build would be able to navigate while carrying their 30 lb German Shepard seeing-eye dog into the elevator. It's not a pretty picture. There seems to be an epidemic of Holier-Than-Thou attitudes now that civil discourse has been exiled from our lives.

On a practical note, this article may help or be a good starting point:
https://www.ada.gov/service_animals_2010.htm

Try calling the ADA hotline to find out if they can be of any help to you.

--- Steve

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Trouble with HOA and my service animal - peoples choice #1 Nov 29, 2017

I agree with Steven424, also I hope your dog has a red service coat on. With your animal is alerting people not to pet the dog unless asked. Best of Luck.

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