A Clearwater, Florida man is currently in conflict with his condo association and could face eviction over a less than two pound squirrel. Ryan Boylan and his emotional support squirrel Brutis are inseparable.
According to WflaNews, Mr. Boylan rescued the tiny creature after Hurricane Matthew in October 2016 and can not imagine not being around her. Boylan has been suffering from post-traumatic stress after a car accident and quickly became very attached to the animal stating Brutis provides him comfort.
Property management however, contend Brutis is an exotic animal therefore not allowed as per rules of the condo association. It wasn’t until April 2017 that the managers of Island Walk Condominium found out about Brutis when a dog chased the little guy with the fluffy tail up a tree. And in October, Boylan said he received notice to get rid of Brutis or face eviction.
“I was very sad that he had to basically push every single limitation that he could to try and get me out because of Brutis,” Boylan stated.
Even though Boylan never contacted the association that his squirrel was an emotional support animal, he has since been written a prescription for the emotional support animal. by one of his treating physicians. According to the letter, Boylan has certain limitations when coping with everyday activities considered normal, and finds the animal helpful when mitigating the symptoms he is currently experiencing.
There are arguments on both sides as to Brutis possibly biting someone, but doesn’t that happen even with other emotional support animals? Boylan has since contacted the Pinellas County Office of Human Rights.
Can anyone figure out why this little animal shouldn’t be allowed to live with Mr. Boylan?
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