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Co-Op City Fined Over No-Pet Rule

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Co-op City housing complex in Bronx has been fined $85,000 for not allowing clinically depressed residents to keep emotional-support dogs.

The company that manages the housing complex was fined by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for denying two clinically depressed residents their pets.

Co-op City has a strict no-dog policy, but federal law requires housing providers to make accommodations for disabled residents.

According to HUD official, that emotional-support pets do not different from service dogs for blind people or otherwise disabled individuals.

A lawyer for the management company says the firm adopted a new policy in December that has led to more accommodation requests being granted.

 

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Lulaine Compere

graduated from St. John's University in 2007. Since then he has been freelancing for different magazines and newspapers. He also has radio experience when he worked at WBAI (99.5) in New York. Some of the publications he has written for include the Norwood News, a community newspaper, The Bronx News Network, a community website, The Source Magazine, Urban Latino Magazine, Latin Trends Magazine, Financial Planning Magazine and On Wall Street Magazine to name a few.