NEW YORK, May 28 (UPI) -- A New York City housing complex board is threatening to evict a Afghan war veteran for keeping a comfort dog to relieve symptoms of post-traumatic stress.
Eugene Ovsishcher said a psychiatrist advised him to get a dog last August to help ease nightmares, flashbacks and anxiety he incurred during a nine-month combat tour in Afghanistan, The New York Times reported Monday.
Trump Village in Coney Island, Brooklyn, does not allow dogs with the exception of service and comfort dogs. Despite a note from Ovsishcher's general physician, the management says Mickey, a Shih Tzu, must go, or the veteran, his wife and two kids will be evicted from their three-bedroom co-op.
"I can't get rid of a family member," said Ovsishcher. "If they asked me which I want to keep, the kids or the apartment, I would keep the kids. Same thing with the dog."
Michael Rosenthal, a lawyer representing Trump Village said the doctor's note was not from an expert in post-traumatic stress.
"Unless he can show otherwise, the building's position is that it is not a comfort animal," Rosenthal said.