Housing agency settles dispute over service puppy


SALEM, Ore. (AP) — State officials say a Southern Oregon housing agency will pay nearly $100,000 to a family that faced eviction because it had a puppy being trained to detect blood sugar levels in a 5-year-old girl with diabetes.

The agreement involves a former tenant of the Housing Authority of Douglas County, Raynie Casebier. She filed a disability discrimination complaint, saying she was being evicted and staff members harassed the family, questioning the validity of the service animal.

The girl has life-threatening Type 1 diabetes, said a statement Tuesday from Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum and Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian.

They said that as a result of the stress, the puppy failed to bond with the girl, and the family moved to non-subsidized housing.

The settlement amounts to $167,000, including penalties and attorney fees.

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