The Unstoppable Rise of the Emotional Support Animal

The Unstoppable Rise of the Emotional Support Animal

A shareholder at a pet-free Manhattan co-op assumed that the dozen dogs in the building were service animals, vetted by the management company’s lawyers – but was shocked to learn they’re emotional-support pets. Why is the co-op obligated to accept animals that are not licensed service dogs despite its no-pets policy?

“There seems to be an explosion in the demand for emotional-support animals, which has led to some questionable doctor certification,” says attorney Sherwin Belkin, a partner at Belkin Burden Wenig & Goldman.

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