and Video Courtesy of
CHANNEL 5 -- wptv.com
by: Jay Cashmere
Photographer: Bob Leak
They are inseparable from sun up to sun down.
One man and one dog carrying out a healing prescription.
"This dog has become my life, I cannot
function without him, cannot function without him," says
and Shelia Wengroff are the proud owners of 10 month old
"Ozzie." The shar pei, lab mix is medically prescribed by
Richard's doctor and psychologist for depression and anxiety. Just about
the time "Ozzie" arrived so did a controversy.
"Horrible, just a horrific experience, I have
never in my entire life experienced people like this," says Sheila
Sheila speaks of Century Village's Wellington
"K" Condo Association which has a "no pets in condo"
policy. They've been told "Ozzie" must go which hasn't settled
well in Apartment #289. The couple hired a lawyer, wrote the Attorney
General and turned to David Shapiro who heads up an organization called
"Citizens for Pets in Condos."
condo associations are acting in such a way as
deprive people of a needed medication, it would be as though they are
saying you cannot take a certain medication," says David Shapiro.
The Wengroff's are one of hundreds of cases across
South Florida where condo boards and medically prescribed pets are
has gathered 15 thousand signatures, has been to Tallahassee and has
watched more and more people challenge condo laws hoping for a reasonable
reform of existing laws to keep "prescriptions" in place.
is my medicine, this is everything that I need, my sons are off on
their own, my wife works, he is my salvation," says Richard
And he will continue to be, he says, with or
without the support of their condo association.
you would like to find our more about Citizens for Pets in
log onto their website.