Searcy Family Says Service Dog Keeps People from Renting to Them

SEPTEMBER 5, 2006 - Posted at 3:03 p.m. CDT

SEARCY, AR - A Searcy family says it has been unable to find a suitable apartment to live in because a service dog aids their autistic teenage daughter.  James Todd says most people believe that, because Danielle Lindom isn't blind, she doesn't need a service dog.

The dog, Callie, keeps Danielle, 14, from running off, "and she alerts on Danielle's seizures 15 to 20 minutes before they occur," according to her mother, Laurie Todd.

The Todds said landlords have refused to rent to them because of a "no pets" policy, even when told that Callie is a service dog.

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