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Blind woman is told where her Guide Dog can go -- and where it cannot.

November 23, 2005.
Associated Press.

CONGERS, N.Y. (AP) _ A blind woman has taken her feud with her condominium board over where she can walk her guide dog to the Rockland County Human Rights Commission.

Edith Kling filed a complaint this week with the commission, contending the Northgate Commons condominium board is violating the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Fair Housing Act by restricting where she may walk her dog, Frances, a 4-year-old yellow Labrador.

Kling, 76, claims she picks up after Frances, but some neighbors complain that she doesn't always do a thorough job because she's blind.

"She has been there 20 years, and during the time she has had more than one dog and has always done her best to clean up after the dog," said S. Ram Nagubandi,

Rockland's human rights commissioner. "Until this year she never had a problem."

News that a complaint had been filed was first reported Wednesday in the Journal-News.

The condo board was notified of the complaint this week and has 15 days to respond, Nagubandi said.

In an attempt at settling the dispute, the condo board designated a parking spot near Kling's home as a relief site for her dog. But Kling contended the accommodation limits her freedom.

Jeffrey Ellis, president of Northgate Commons, told the Journal-News he was not aware that Kling had filed a complaint. He declined comment, saying the dispute is a private matter between the condominium board and a resident.

If the board is found to have violated the law, the commission has the right to impose a fine of $10,000 or more, Nagubandi said.

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