Singing “Therapy” Dog May Get Couple Kicked Out of NYC Co-Op

A wee Maltese who likes to accompany his human "grandmother" when she sings may end up getting grandma and grandpa kicked out of their Bronx,...

Maria Goodavage  |  Jan 19th 2011


A wee Maltese who likes to accompany his human “grandmother” when she sings may end up getting grandma and grandpa kicked out of their Bronx, NY, co-op.

Rita and Murray Hyman are being evicted from their no-pets co-op because of frequent day-long visits from their daughter’s two Maltese pooches, Rocky and Vegas, reports the Daily News. Rocky is the one whose voice has worn out its welcome around the building, but no dogs means no dogs, say building officials. The Hymans say there are signs for rules for visiting dogs, and think they’re being singled out.

“Rocky gives me a whole different outlook on life and keeps me going,” Rita Hyman, 62, told the newspaper. The paper reports she was left disabled after a 2003 car crash and that she considers Rocky her “therapy dog.”

“They’ve hurt me so much by trying to take away our special relationship,” she said. “Who will I sing with?”

Neighbors would prefer Rita Hyman sing solo, and an appeals court supported their desires. The legal dogfight continues, with the Hymans saying Rocky will keep visiting until their case is completely resolved.

“He’s family to us, and he makes our lives worthwhile,” Murray Hyma, 69, told the Daily News. “We’ll keep fighting until we win.”.

So for now, at least, neighbors will have to deal with the dynamic duo.

What do you think, Dogsters? Is Rocky giving therapy dogs a bad name? Or should he be allowed to visit the Hymans any time and sing his heart out? I’m not so sure there will be a Dogster landslide on either side of this case. I’m interested in seeing the breadth of opinions this story may bring in.