Allendale, MI

Coed sues after landlord banishes assistance dog

April 04, 2016
A Grand Valley State University student is suing Meadow Crossing Apartments after its managers denied her request to have Izzy, her medically prescribed assistance dog, live with her.
     Marissa Biesbrock, a second-year chemistry major, claims Izzy, a 4-year-old miniature Chihuahua, has helped reduce her symptoms of depression and anxiety disorder.
     She and the Fair Housing Center of West Michigan are suing Silveri Management Company after she was denied a request to keep the dog in an apartment she planned to lease with three roommates near Grand Valley State University's Allendale campus.

Coed sues after landlord banishes assistance dog

April 04, 2016
A Grand Valley State University student is suing Meadow Crossing Apartments after its managers denied her request to have Izzy, her medically prescribed assistance dog, live with her.
     Marissa Biesbrock, a second-year chemistry major, claims Izzy, a 4-year-old miniature Chihuahua, has helped reduce her symptoms of depression and anxiety disorder.
     She and the Fair Housing Center of West Michigan are suing Silveri Management Company after she was denied a request to keep the dog in an apartment she planned to lease with three roommates near Grand Valley State University's Allendale campus.

School reaches $40,000 settlement over guinea pig

March 08, 2013
Grand Valley State University has reached a $40,000 settlement with a student who sued for the right to keep a guinea pig on campus for emotional support.
     The Grand Rapids Press reports (http://bit.ly/XX3anD ) that the settlement avoids litigation costs and the Allendale school denies improper action.
     Kendra Velzen sued last year, saying the school was violating federal housing rules. She says the guinea pig helped her cope with physical and emotional challenges. She had been allowed to keep the animal but was concerned with possible restrictions.
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