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Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

I was in Florida at a restaurant and a lady came in with her skunk, Flower. She walked table to table and the manager was beside himself with skunk hair flying. The lady kept saying that Flower was her service animal. The manager was afraid to say a word. It was disturbing and this service/comfort animal thing has gotten out of hand.

Nov 14, 2017 07:44 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

People have severely abused all of these animal laws, likely to backfire soon, until then landlord beware.

Nov 14, 2017 08:55 PM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

Just NO.  This is exactly why I no longer do managment and sold my investment properties.  Just NO.

Nov 14, 2017 08:58 PM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


On our frequent travel flights, I have met many emotional support animal, not a squirrel yet, although a friend of ours has a family of squirrels in his back yard that he feeds regularly.  I think more than ever there are so many people who feel disenfranchised from the world at large.  They find peace and solace with their creatures, it is a function of staying sane.  It is far better than Prozac or Xanax.  I feel for them.  A

Nov 14, 2017 07:57 PM
Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

Actually, as long as the squirrel is free of disease and not dangerous to others, who are we to tell somebody what kind of a pet makes them happy? It's probably lower maintenance than some of the dogs and cats and pot belly pigs. Cute little critters!

Nov 14, 2017 07:29 PM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

Brutis is awfully cute but does he have his shots?

Nov 15, 2017 04:59 AM
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

In CA it is so messed up. I listened to a legal webinar from CAR on it, but still did not a clear idea, since the tenant/owner have to prove why that pet is so important for their emotional and physical health and safety. So, seems like it is case by case here and up to an individual HOA or management and each community rules.


p.s. It might change by now since they constantly change laws in CA. 

Nov 14, 2017 09:05 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC

Well, I would ask, 'What's next?' but, nothing seems to surprise me these days!

There are MANY things in our world that has gotten out of hand - this being one of them!

Nov 14, 2017 08:13 PM
Greg Large
ERA Real Solutions - Grove City, OH
A Tradition of Trust

My opinion is that *some* condo associations and some people with so-called service animals have crossed the line of common sense, in my state squirrels cannot be a "pet".

Nov 14, 2017 08:09 PM
Lisa Von Domek
Lisa Von Domek Team - Dallas, TX
....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!

I am with Debbie Reynolds things are out of control!

Nov 14, 2017 08:08 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

I'd rather deal with someone's pet squirrel than a non-stop yapping little dog.

Nov 14, 2017 08:04 PM
Joseph Domino 480-390-6011
HomeSmart - Scottsdale, AZ
Real Estate Made Easy

I was taught to believe that service animals must follow ADA guidlines. It is not up to the owner of the animal to decide.

We used to have a girl that would come into Starbucks with a rat on her shoulder. The manager of Starbucks was afraid to say anything. But I always wondered what he would have done if a person that was terrified of rats started panicing, screaming and even becoming ill?

I am a pet lover, but there has to be guidelines or there will just be chaos.

Nov 14, 2017 07:55 PM
Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Real Estate Broker Retired

I think he should be able to keep her. I'm a sucker for a cute abandoned squirrel that someone rescued.  He should have been more secretive about it. He'll be having problems now.

She doesn't have her vest on either.

Nov 15, 2017 06:19 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

We have let go of our senses and the liberal courts are showing us how stupid we are!

Nov 15, 2017 05:37 AM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

I did see that and also saw a story on a support pig. They need to crack down on this and reguate it with 1 set of laws for all

Nov 15, 2017 05:27 AM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

Hardly anything surprises me anymore.  Since some cultures consider dogs to be nasty animals the ADA regulations have a new, separate provision about miniature horses that have been individually trained to do work or perform tasks for people with disabilities.

Nov 15, 2017 05:11 AM
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
CEO of Vision Drive Realty - Coastal San Diego

An abused notion.

Nov 15, 2017 04:36 AM
Brenda Mayette
Miranda Real Estate Group, Inc. - Glenville, NY
Getting results w/ knowledge & know-how!

I have to join the ranks in saying that this whole thing is out of hand.  Additionally, it has to be tough to manage the lease for the support animal in one hand and the trophy for waking up in the morning in the other....! 

Nov 15, 2017 04:33 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

I heard that story... but I have no clue what the courts will do!

Nov 15, 2017 04:33 AM
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

It should trump the no pet rule ! Keep us informed !

Nov 15, 2017 04:30 AM
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

Bob Crane nailed this one!

Nov 15, 2017 02:07 AM
Dave Martin (703) 585-4687
Fairfax Realty - Fairfax, VA
Making Realty Dreams a Reality #WeWillGetYouHome

If I understand the laws regarding service animals correctly an emotional support animal is not considered a pet. They can't be declined by a landlord in much the same way as a service animal can't be declined in a rental or a public place.

Landlords can't charge "Pet Rent" for service or emotional support animals, perhaps both of these contribute to the rapid rise of emotional support animals?

Nov 14, 2017 09:11 PM
Anthony Acosta -
Harry Norman, REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
Associate Broker

Great question for an attorney. 

Nov 15, 2017 06:43 AM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

If the animal could talk I bet it would have a different take on this

Nov 15, 2017 06:30 AM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

Where are the voices of protest regarding the local terrorist organization called PETA?

We have given crazy @ss animal rights people a blank check. Animals have more rights than a homeless human being.

These same people get red in the face because those in PR are still suffering from the hurricane, Yet they charter a plane to bring animals from PR to Tampa Bay.

Yep, priorities are a bit askew. So bring on the skunks and pigs.

Place a crying baby next to one of this crazies and you will see how truly selfish they are.

Nov 15, 2017 06:27 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Thanks for sharing this unusual case.

Nov 15, 2017 06:24 AM
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Fred Griffin I saw this on the news the other day. I believe the condo association needs to worry about big issues.

Nov 15, 2017 06:48 AM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

No idea about the squirrel.

Sep 08, 2018 10:11 PM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

A squirrel, now that is going to far.


Nov 17, 2017 04:11 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

I too think this whole thing is out of control.

Nov 17, 2017 09:13 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

It is getting pretty ridiculous.

Nov 16, 2017 06:31 AM
Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

People bond with a variety of pets. A boy that lived by me became friends with a skunk. The skunk followed him everywhere. He'd call the skunk, and skunk would run to him, and climb up his pants leg, and sit on his shoulder. Some people like snakes, birds, ferrets, etc, and i've seen more than one Iguana in a tank or bathtub. The squirrel wouldn't bother me. We have opossums that come up on our deck and play with out cats. We've had pet ducks that come inside for the winter and stay in a dog crate in our kitchen. The courts could easily side with the squirrel as a service animal, but why didn't he need a supposrt animal before finding the squirrel?

Nov 15, 2017 03:38 PM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

It is getting out of hand.  If it we my establishment I would be asking for he Dr.s report otherwise the animal stays out.

Nov 15, 2017 03:02 PM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

As far as I know, it only applies to legit service animals.

Nov 15, 2017 02:51 PM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

I have no opinion.

Nov 15, 2017 12:36 PM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

I saw that TV.... who would keep a rodent as a pet.... it's a rodent....

Nov 15, 2017 09:39 AM
Gary L. Waters Broker Associate, Bucci Realty
Bucci Realty, Inc. - Melbourne, FL
Eighteen Years Experience in Brevard County

I have always thought that if you see a squirrel here is a nut too far way. 

Nov 15, 2017 09:38 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate Services

I do not know how this will fare in the judicial system. 

What I do know, and believe with all my heart, is that humans can and do connect better with animals than other humans.  Any animal can provide emotional support ... which we all need.  A squirrel, a rat, a cat, a dog, anything we can love provides support.  Animals, for the most part, offer unconditional love and acceptance ... which is rare to get from a human.

Nov 15, 2017 09:10 AM
Libby Cousins
Extraordinary Processing - Spokane, WA
Contract Mortgage Processor, licensed in WA

Hey, at least he is housing the squirrel inside and the squirrel isn't MAKING a house in the attic. They sure are cute but can wreak havoc when making nests.

Nov 15, 2017 08:59 AM