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DrSoos

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My tenant has lived in my townhome for six months, ran into her in the post office with an 8 week old puppy strapped around her neck the other day. (will grow to be 8 lbs max) She said its a "service dog," she is a disabled vet with PTSD. I was never asked to make "reasonable accomodation" like the material suggests, I was never offered a letter from her doctor stating she was disabled or needed a dog of any type.  I clearly think I have grounds to ask her to leave b/c the dog is NOT a service dog.  I have offered for her to stay w/ rent increase and deposit but she has declined, of course you know why.  AFTER, she got the dog she tells me she was accepted into the "Paws for Veterans" programs, as if that makes a difference...THE DOG AIN'T TRAINED. My fear is that if I ask for papers, she'll figure it out that she needs to start calling it a companion dog, to which no training needs to be had. Can a puppy whose not even housebroken and has been taught zero skills yet actually be a companion dog and exempt from ALL the rules?  HELPPPP!!!!!  any thoughts, advice are appreciated. I am a new landlord. 
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From the Paws for Vets site:
"Service animal means any dog that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability, including a physical, sensory, psychiatric, intellectual, or other mental disability." Emotional Support Animals and Therapy Dogs are NOT SERVICE DOGS and therefore NOT COVERED BY ADA LAWS and NOT allowed in public.
That said, how has a puppy been trained yet?  See their site for a list of things they train an animal to do.  http://www.pawsforveterans.com/our-dogs.html

It sounds to me as if this is a companion animal (or an Emotional Support Animal).  See this site for a good explanation of the rights and responsibilities of a LL where animals are in a rental. 
http://www.rentprep.com/property-management/landlord-guide-assistance-animals/
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Thanks so much so the info, I had been to the Paws for Vets site but missed that page.  I really appreciate your response.

Susan.

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