There are few issues confronting co-op and condo boards that are more emotionally charged by those on both sides of the argument than dog ownership.  Those who own dogs are adamant, vociferous and often deceitful in their passion.  Those opposing dog ownership in their buildings defend the “no dog” clause of their House Rules with equal fervor.

Each year “dog cases” are litigated in the local courts; and each year there seem to be conflicting opinions handed down.  Usually the judicial opinions reflect procedural issues that the plaintiff or the defendant followed or failed to follow, and prudently avoid the issue of dog ownership or the banning of dogs.

Much is written annually, too, and in an attempt to provide some guidance to Boards of Directors and to dog owners, as well, one can read more about Bogus Therapy Dogs in Co-opsDisability Dogs and  Disability Dog Certification.