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Letter: Service dog laws need to be enforced

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Posted: Thursday, March 27, 2014 1:15 pm

I was illegally charged a “Pet Deposit Fee” in a senior living facility but no one enforces the Service Dog Laws. I was denied my federal and state disabled civil rights. It is against the law to deny access or to charge for a service dog by a landlord.

I was charged $450 for my licensed and trained service dog that assisted me when I had seizures. The Peoria Police, the Arizona Attorney General, and the Department of Housing and Urban Affairs (HUD) refused to enforce the service dog laws. Also, the Maricopa County Justice Court denied my claim to recover the illegally charged service dog’s $450 pet deposit fee.

Now, I attempted to rent a condo in Sedona for the summer, but I was turned down because I have a licensed and trained service dog. The Sedona landlord told me that no one enforces the service dog laws. Sadly, the Sedona landlord is right.

Mark Fairall

Sun City West

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