Despite Pets Ban, Teacup Terrier OK In NYC Condo

NEW YORK (AP) — The no-pet rule does not apply to teacup terrier Charlie.

A court says Donata Forman can keep her 3.5-pound Yorkshire pup at her Queens condo — despite a building ban on pets.

“I’m really happy,” Forman told 1010 WINS’ Carol D’Auria. “He’s my buddy — I take him everywhere, everybody loves him.”

1010 WINS’ Carol D’Auria reports

The appellate court ruled that the condo board’s so-called “House Rule No. 1” was invalid. It states that “no pets are allowed in the building for any reason.”

The New York Law Journal reported the Nov. 3 decision Wednesday.

The court said the no-pets rule was imposed by the condo board, but not approved by 80 percent of the unit owners as required.

The condo board fought for three years to evict Charlie. The board spent $100,000 on lawyers and the cost is now being passed on to the condo owners — roughly $4,200 apiece.

“Nobody in the build is too happy with me right now because it’s costing everybody a lot of money and it’s not fair to the homeowners, I feel terrible,” Forman said.

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