|Barked: Tue Oct 9, '12 6:11pm PST |
|Like Scooter said, there are no age or training requirements for ESAs. In fact, as far as I know there are no species requirements for ESAs. They can be cats, rabbits, iguanas, birds, turtles...pretty much anything that you can legally keep as a pet without it becoming an unreasonable accommodation for the complex (ie, you want to keep a Clydesdale in a studio apartment).
The basic idea behind an ESA is that for the disabled owner, just owning and caring for a pet is therapeutic and mitigates their disability. The emotional support the pet provides is the same as any pet, but for the disabled owner this support is a crucial part of handling their disability. The ESA does not need to do anything unusual in order to accomplish this. That's why they don't have any particular requirements except that they can't be too destructive or unduly noisy.
If the presence of the puppies bothers you, you can remind your apartment management that they aren't obligated to allow ESAs for people who don't meet HUD requirements (ie, people who aren't disabled - a diagnosis is not necessarily the same as a disability). My guess is that they'd rather be lenient than risk a legal hassle, though.
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