Florida man facing eviction over emotional support squirrel

Elias Hubbard
November 14, 2017

Ryan Boylan, 40, of Clearwater, says he needs Brutis to deal with anxiety from a long ago auto accident but Island Walk Condominiums says the squirrel needs to vacate the premises because she is putting other residents at risk.

After a dog allegedly chased Brutis up a tree, the condo commandos found out Boylan had been squirreling his secret pet away.

Boylan's condo association sent him a notice last month telling him to get rid of the squirrel or find a new place to live.

His doctor said Boylan suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder following a auto accident.

According to WFLA News, property management at the Island Walk Condominiums discovered the squirrel in April and filed a compliant with the condo association.

"Ever since then I mean, oh my God, I can't imagine not being around her", said Boylan.

Boylan, who rescued Brutis after the storm rocked Florida in October 2016, said he quickly became attached to the animal. Boylan has a doctor's note saying that he is suffering from PTSD after a auto accident, but the condo board pointed out that Boylan only registered Brutis on RegisterMyServiceAnimal.com as an emotional support animal this summer.

"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".

The complaint says Boylan never submitted paperwork claiming Brutis was an emotional support animal until this past summer, according to the station.

Now Boylan reportedly has a doc's note and the office of Human Rights supporting his squirrely claim.

"I don't know if he's discriminated against", former board member told WFLA.

They say the squirrel is a liability if something happens involving the animal. Many people have traditional domesticated animals like service dogs or even cats for emotional support. The association has a no exotic animals policy in order to protect residents and hey, a squirrel can be pretty exotic next to snakes and alligators. "If it was a gerbil or something that your grandkid had hiding under the bed, Im sure that would be fine".

A man with post traumatic stress disorder is being threatened with an eviction notice for keeping an emotional support squirrel in his Florida apartment.

His case is pending.

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