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Jenny Safar thought she’d found the perfect home. The Toscana at Valley Ridge Apartments in Lewisville, Texas were advertised as pet friendly and welcoming to all breeds and sizes of dogs. There’s even a nice dog park within the complex – perfect for Safar and her two Pit Bull mixes.
They’ve enjoyed a quiet, stress-free life at Toscana for three years, with no complaints. Until now.
On June 8, apartment management issued a letter to all residents listing 15 dog breeds that would no longer be allowed in the complex. The letter gave residents 60 days or until each resident’s lease has ended, whichever is first, to get rid of their dogs or move out.
The letter reads: “Please accept this as our notification that your animal does not meet our approved pet list, and that you are now asked to remove the animal from the home upon or prior to the renewal of your next lease.”
Dog breeds no longer allowed at Toscana include St. Bernard, American Staffordshire, Pit Bull, Rottweiler, German Shepherd, all Huskies, Alaskan Malamute, Doberman Pinscher, Chow-Chow, Presa Canario, Boxer, Dalmation, Akita, Great Dane, and Mastiff.
Given 60 days or less to find new housing that allows their dogs is problematic for many, impossible for some.
For Safar, it’s a simple decision – she would never get rid of her furkids.
“They’re my babies,” she told WFAA News. “They’ve been with me through everything.”
Other residents have hired attorneys to review the validity and legality of making such a sudden policy change without warning to renters or adequate time to find new housing.
What would you do?