Co-op City approves use of service dogs

Co-op City, the nation's largest affordable housing cooperative, approved a policy that now allows tenants to have service dogs.

Co-op City, the nation's largest affordable housing cooperative, approved a policy that now allows tenants to have service dogs.

Co-op City, the nation's largest affordable housing cooperative, approved a policy that now allows tenants to have service dogs. (6/4/15)

THE BRONX - Tenants who need the use of a service dog will now be able to have one in Co-op City for the first time in years.

Co-op City, the nation's largest affordable housing cooperative, approved a policy that now allows tenants to have service dogs. This all comes after a lawsuit against Co-op City. Lawyers say 28 service animal applications were denied between 2006 and 2011.

Tenants who needed a service dog were forced to either move or find a way to do without the animals. Tenants say they are all for the new agreement as long as people don't abuse the system.

As part of the lawsuit, Co-op City will have to pay up to $600,000 for residents who were denied use of their service dogs.

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