Article found on Becker and Poliakoff’s “Florida Condo and HOA Law Blog:  Pets Just May be the Right Medicine (http://www.floridacondohoalawblog.com/2009/03/articles/fair-housing/emotional-assistance/service-petsanimals/pets-just-may-be-the-right-medicine/)
Be sure to read the comments by Barbara Feeney on the advisory board of Citizens for Pets in Condos.

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There are several animal law conferences coming up in south Florida.  (Note that the topics go beyond laws related to pets.):

4/2/2009, 6 – 7 PM, Talk and book signing by PETA Senior Vice President Dan Mathews – “Challenging the Law on Behalf of Animals,” Nova Southeastern University’s Shepard Broad Law Center, Nova Southeastern University, 3305 College Ave., Ft. Lauderdale-Davie. Mathews is the author of the acclaimed memoir Committed. This presentation is free and open to the public and has been certified by the Florida Bar for one hour of ethics CLE credit. A reception and book signing will follow and are open to the public as well.

4/3/2009, 12:30 – 5:30 PM, UM’s Student Animal Legal Defense Fund (SALDF) annual Annual Spring Symposium, Alma Jennings Student Lounge, University of Miami, 1311 Miller Drive. Coral Gables, FL. See the event flyer at http://www.petsincondos.org/UMAnimalLawSymposium2009.pdf.

Find more events on our calendar page, www.petsincondo.org/calendar.htm

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The Lincoln Hound Society has added a link to our web site at http://www.nonprofitpages.com/lincolnhoundsociety/leashlinks.html.  They are located in California, a state where the right to have pets in association-run housing has already been won:

California already has a law to allow pets: California Civil Code Section 1360.50, effective Jan 2001.  It states  that:

’No governing documents shall prohibit an owner  of a separate interest within a common interest development from keeping at least one pet within the common interest development subject to reasonable rules  and regulations of the association.”   The  law also applies to mobile home parks.
Under  California law, “governing documents,” by the way, includes “operating rules.”’

Activists in California are working to remove any limit to reasonable number of pets.  Citizens for Pets in Condos wants to see multiple pets allowed, within reason, because having other animal buddies often prevents or minimizes some behavior issues.

A few years after AB 860* was enacted, and pets were allowed in condos, Kathy Riordan, Commissioner, LA AnimalServices stated that “the kill rates in our shelters are going down; something is working.” Fewer animals are euthanized (killed) when there are more choices for placing them!

*the number of bill that resulted in California Civil Code Section 1360.5.
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OTHER STUFF

MY cat Spike is in a photo contest.  Please vote for him.  He is #35 at http://petdoc.com/poll/choose-petdoccoms-most-awwdorable-pet-round-1-2.  Read more about him here, from when he was Pet of the Week at Florida Pets Network:    http://www.floridapets.net/catspike.html.  My very photogenic fellow has “starred” in a number of magazine and newspaper articles, and TV segments to “represent” Citizens for Pets in Condos.

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