Rarely do things make my head want to explode to the point this does. However, telling people to choose between a beloved member of the family and the place where they currently live is, in my mind, unconscionable!
Residents of the Gaslite Court Mobile Home have just been told they have until November first to either get rid of their dogs over 25 pounds or get out. Now I do not have a problem with housing setting size limits on their four footed residents BUT to change the rules mid stream and to make that rule retroactive is, simply put, BS. I don’t know about you, but my pets (of which there are 5 cats and two dogs- both of which are over 25 pounds) are every bit as loved and part of the family as the human members. You might as well ask me to cut off my right arm. In fact, I would probably be more willing to do that then give up my animals.
According to the article in the SJR, Sherwood Properties, the company managing Gaslite Court, is claiming it’s not them but the insurance company forcing this change- that they may (not will) have issues securing insurance for their property- which in fairness to them they do have to have. However, I do not entirely believe them as what I find far more disturbing - specific breeds of dogs are being targeted-including Rottweiler, pit bull, chow, wolf hybrid, German shepherd, husky, malamute, Doberman pinscher and any cross-bred dog containing any of those breeds. Don’t be fooled this is not about insurance it is about discrimination of specific dog breeds bred of (as all discrimination is) ignorance. My late and much lamented dog Dexter was a shepherd, collie, husky (and quite possibly wolf) mix who I adopted from a local animal shelter. If you were a squirrel or rabbit, you had cause for alarm. If you were a human, your biggest danger was drowning in his big slobbery kisses. It is not the breed that makes a dog dangerous but how it is treated by its owners. Again according the SJR article, the four owners of large breed dogs in Gaslite Court have never had issues with their dogs as far as behavior or even noise. It is also worth pointing out that the residents of Gaslite Court did nothing wrong when they brought these animals home. They were not trying to sneak one over on management and were honoring the agreement they signed when they took up residency. Now Sherwood Properties thinks they can change the rules callously with no consideration to those affected by this? Shame on them!
Apparently one resident is looking to Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation for potential help- I pray they can find away around this - perhaps not making the restrictions retroactive but rather immediate to prevent new large breeds from coming in. Either way I do not envy those who have that November 1st deadline hovering over them.
Read the SJR article here