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Deaf woman allowed to keep barking Shih Tzus which provide her with ’emotional support’ despite neighbours’ angry complaints

Posted on 15th December 2017

A woman whose three dogs sparked noise complaints from neighbours has been allowed to keep the pets after her lawyers argued they provided vital emotional support.

Ashleigh Costello, 55, was accused by her housing association landlord of breaching her tenancy agreement as the dogs constituted a nuisance.

But she was allowed to keep the pets for the rest of their lives at her home near Ladbroke Grove after her solicitor used the Equality Act to defend the claim from Octavia Housing.

Siddiq Fazaluddin, a senior associate in the Social Housing team, represented Ms Costello.

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