A US Marine veteran is allegedly being told he must give up his emotional support animals or be evicted from his apartment after dog waste was found on his back porch.
A Californian Marine Vet -who goes by the name Casey- was told that his VA-prescribed Emotional Support Dogs (ESDs) would have to go if he wanted to continue living in his apartment.
Casey did two tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, with his family admitting adjusting was difficult for him when he returned to the USA.
“He’s different. He’s a very different person. He’s nervous,” said Courtney, his wife. “He’s woken up in the middle of the night and tried to shoot our fan just because it had a red light on it and it triggered something for him.”
Casey’s dogs help him with anxiety and wake him up from nightmares.
“He (his dog) puts his head under my arm and pulls it up so I know it’s him when I wake up,” Casey said.
However, property managers have sent letters saying that due to several sections of pet waste being seen on the back porch, the couple will have to remove the animals or face eviction in a week- with animals being a violation of the lease agreement.
“I feel like this isn’t fair,” Courtney said. “I don’t feel like a seven day notice is fair. How are we supposed to find a place in seven days?”
According to ABC10, reporters said it was nearly impossible to see over the fence, let alone what was on the porch. Additionally, their lease exempts service and companion animals from the strict regulations.
Courtney and Casey are currently weighing their options, citing an unwillingness to give up their dogs.
The property manager was not available for comment.
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