The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is accusing the owners of an Iowa apartment building of discrimination for refusing to allow a sick child to live with a medically-prescribed emotional support animal.
HUD says the owners of the building in Traer, a town about 65
miles northwest of Cedar Rapids, are violating the Fair Housing
Act, which requires landlords to make reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities.
In this case, HUD says a 7-year-old girl who has cerebral palsy has been refused permission to live with a support dog because of the landlord's "no-pet policy." HUD says the girl's mother was told that if she got the animal, she'd either have to move or pay more to stay.
If a judge finds discrimination occurred, damages can be awarded.