The Edgewater high-rise has a no-dogs-allowed policy, and a manager says the building has tried to accommodate Stevens' disability by letting her keep Boo. But, Stevens said, she is supposed to hold him in a carrier in the lobby and laundry room, and use a service elevator and side doors as she comes and goes.
The high rise has a no-dogs-allowed policy. I take that to mean no dogs, except for dogs that work with the blind. Mary Joe bought the condo, knowing the rules of the condo association. So, at that time, she knew about the no-dog policy. The board permitted her to keep a dog if she obeyed the rules.
I see no problem with the rules of the condo association. She should keep the dog in a carrier in the common areas and she should use the service elevators and entrance. However, one thing missing concerns the weight of the dog.
How much does this dog weigh? My miniature Poodle weighs about 27 pounds. I find it very hard to carry him for a some what long distance and if he were to be in a carrier, I wouldn't be able to carry the dog at all. Too heavy for me. Besides my dog would never sit in a carrier. He'd bark and pee the whole time he was in the carrier.
I remember a California case, a while back, where the two married dog owners were being treated for mental disorders and their MD wrote a letter to the Court explaining that the dog owners needed their little dog in order to function somewhat normally.
The Condo board objected to the dog. The case went to Court and the dog owners won their case. They were awarded an amount in the neighborhood of $60,000. Their dog, by the way, was not considered to be a "service dog".
After the case was settled, the couple and their dog moved away.
Those Condos on the northside of Chicago seem to be pretty fussy places in which to live. I remember a Condo board ( northside ) trying to evict a retired, elderly Chicago Police Captain, because of his accidental urination while in the common areas of the Condo. I think the gentleman was in his 80s and was incontinent. I don't remember how that issue was settled.