Here’s a story I never expected to write. We’ve posted about folks with service dogs being kicked out of restaurants, stores, and other business, but. . .a condo association at a nudist colony?
Sharon Fowler, who is legally blind as the result of an autoimmune disease, lives the clothing-optional Paradise Lakes Resort in Lutz, Florida, where Fowler’s condo association has a rule that dogs over 25 pounds are forbidden. Fowler’s certified service dog, Laura, is well over that weight limit. According to Fowler, when she filled out an application to move into the condo, she disclosed Laura’s weight and was accepted anyway. It was only after she had moved in that the condo association took issue with the dog:
[T]he association sent her landlord a letter saying they needed to address the issue of the dog “immediately.” When Fowler provided documentation of her disability, the association did not withdraw the notice of the violations, according to the lawsuit.
“I felt demeaned, and I felt degraded,” Fowler said. “I’ve never felt so degraded.”
The case is currently in the court system, but Fowler maintains that she has been subjected to harassment because of Laura and that the board of directors is trying to intimidate her.
Sounds to me like someone should be stripped of their authority (rimshot!). But, seriously, this is ridiculous. If you’re legally blind, you get any certified service dog you want, wherever you wantas long is at doesn’t create a disturbance.
NOTE: A previous version of this story misidentified the governing body involved as the Paradise Lakes Resort Association. In fact, it was Ms. Fowler’s condominium associationnot the resort itselfthat had a problem with her dog. We regret the error.