Palm Beach Gardens, FL asked in Animal / Dog Law, Land Use & Zoning and Personal Injury for Florida

Q: Our association has a twenty-five pound limit on dogs. Can a young healthy girl bring in an 80 pound service dog? WPB

The dog is a vicious German Shepard that tries to go after the neighbors

1 Lawyer Answer

Charles M. Baron

  • Animal & Dog Law Lawyer
  • Hollywood, FL
  • Licensed in Florida

A: If it's truly a certified service dog that serves the girl, yes, she has the right to have such a dog at ANY weight. HOWEVER, service dogs are NEVER vicious! They are trained to be very tolerant of people and dogs. Therefore, sounds like there is fraud going on, and there should be a legally proper inquiry to verify the dog's status. There is plenty of material on-line on what constitutes a legally proper inquiry, but if you have trouble finding that out, set an appointment with an attorney for a consultation. If there is an inquiry of the type that is prohibited by law, the association could potentially be sued.

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