July 11, 2015
A Marine veteran who was injured while serving our country, and diagnosed with PTSD says he’s being evicted because of his service dog after residing in his Manchester Court apartment complex in Chicago for the past four years, Insider Fox News reported July 10.
Jon Jans and his family were served with an eviction notice last week from the new management that took over the complex about six months ago, stating his family is being kicked out because the family isn’t clean. Management also states the Jans family allows their dog outside unleashed and without supervision.
Jon, who suffered serious brain injuries from a roadside bomb in Iraq, says his dog Alli is a lifesaver and believes management simply doesn’t like his dog.
In an interview with Fox Insider, Jon says
“Without this dog, I would be dead or in jail right now – I guarantee it. She has saved my life several times.”
Alli performs a valuable service, helping Jon sleep, and waking him from nightmares when he has action dreams. Alli is also able to predict seizures and blackouts, enabling Jon to go out in public knowing his dog will alert him to any problems. Before Alli, Jon was terrified of large groups.
As for the complex managements’ claims, Jon says that Alli wears an electronic collar, thus being in compliance with the Chicago leash law. He admits his daughter may have allowed the dog outside for a few hours, but Alli never displayed any disruptive behavior.
According to Jon, Alli is considered a service dog, and is protected under the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990, which states
“The rule defines “service animal” as a dog that has been individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability.”
Since Alli can predict seizures and blackouts, and therefore warn Jon in time to prevent him from being harmed, she is a service dog, rather than an emotional support dog.
Shame on the management of this complex, who by taking over the business should be aware of the law pertaining to veterans and service animals.
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