Clothing is optional at the Paradis Lakes Resorts in Lutz, Florida, but seeing eye dog Laura is not, according to condo management.
Blind resident Sharon Fowler has been told that her service dog Laura exceeded the 25-pound weight limit and needed to go.
Fowler obtained Laura through Southeastern Guide Dogs Services back in 2011 and needs the trained labrador to get around. Fowler and her husband Craig moved into the complex in 2012. Fowler told Florida TV station WTSP that she needs her dog.
They said Laura was too big to be here, she was out of control and needed to be removed off the property, or we would be fined $50 a day…I can be anywhere in Paradise Lakes and tell Laura to take me home and she takes me home.”
Fowler, who has been fighting to get her case heard in court since getting the letter has finally been granted the right to move ahead with a discrimination lawsuit against Paradise Lakes, which she and her lawyer intend to re-file the lawsuit under the Federal Fair Housing Act.
I don’t want anyone who has a service dog to ever be treated the way I’ve been treated. Someone has to stand up and say enough is enough.”
Photo credit: Southeastern Guide Dogs