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'It's A Lot To Handle': Minnesota Woman Says She Is Being Evicted Because Of Her Autistic Son's Service Dog

| by Amanda Andrade-Rhoades

Cassandra Jahnke lives with her 4-year-old autistic son Gianni and his service dog, Ruger, in their West Paul, Minnesota. However, since Ruger legally joined their family, Jahnke says she’s been a target for eviction.

The trouble started on June 30, Jahnke’s neighbor asked that she house her pet ferrets for less than 24 hours while the apartment was condemned, KMSP reported.

“She asked me to keep her animals here because animal control was going to come to take them,” Jahnke told the news station.

After an apartment employee advised she remove them, she did, but a new eviction notice cites that incident as the top reason for asking Jahnke to leave.

The eviction notice also reportedly cited an incident in November, in which Jahnke was assaulted at her apartment. The notice called the incident a "nuisance," according to Jahnke.

“It’s a lot to handle, there’s already a lot of stress in the house with his disability and I don’t even know where I’m going," she said. "That’s the hardest part."

Jahnke is in contact with the Minnesota Department of Human Rights, which, she says, believes the apartment complex’s managers are “trying any reason to get me out of here because they want his dog gone.”

Scott Bailey, the owner of the apartment complex, would not comment on the situation to KMSP reporters.

According to the Minnesota Department of Human Rights, it’s illegal for property owners and managers to refuse to reasonably accommodate an individual with a disability.

Sources: KMSP, Minnesota Department of Human Rights

Photo Credit: KMSP, breadforthecity.blogspot.com