Amy Eisenberg has been given an ultimatum by her landlord — either she or the service dog she has had for several months will have to go.
Eisenberg, who lives in Lower Manhattan in New York City, was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder after the World Trade Center bombings of September 11, 2001.
Eisenberg adopted a 14-pound licensed service dog named Ruby in 2012. Eisenberg says the attentive cockapoo senses whenever her owner is having heart palpitations or anxiety attacks and promptly provides the comfort needed to get things back to normal.
According to the Fair Housing Act, people with legitimate disabilities have the right to a service dog as long as the dog performs a specific duty relating to the disability.
The eviction notice stems from the fact that the Eisenberg’s apartment building prohibits pets.
The landlord will have the federal government to contend with now. The Department of Housing and Urban Development is investigating the case, which goes to court on August 14.