Condo Rules about Comfort Animals

D.L. from Fairfield County writes:

Dear Mister Condo,

My condo has a rule prohibiting pets. The only exception is a service animal such as a Seeing Eye dog. My doctor recommended that to help control my stress, I should consider getting a furry friend. Is a “comfort” dog treated as a service dog under CT state law?

Mister Condo replies:

D.L., I hope this answer does not cause you any extra stress. Without proof that a dog is necessary for medical or disability reasons, a condominium’s declaration or board is free to define or restrict “comfort” animals however it wishes. My advice to you is to alert your Board of your doctor’s suggestion and ask them for an opinion as to whether or not you can have a “comfort” dog and not violate your community’s rules.

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