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Blind woman battles nudist colony over seeing eye dog

Fowler and her attorney plan to sue Paradise Lakes under the Federal Fair Housing Act
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Although clothing may be optional at the Paradise Lakes Resort in Lutz, Fl., a woman's seeing eye dog apparently is not. According to a report by WTSP 10 News, management at the condo complex ordered blind resident Sharon Fowler to get rid of her service dog, Laura, claiming that the dog “exceeded the 25-lb weight limit and needed to go,” despite the fact that Lawlor and her husband Craig had provided management with all the proper documentation when they moved there in 2012.

“They said Laura was too big to be here, she was out of control and needed to be removed off the property, or we would be fined $50 a day," stated Sharon, who who is legally blind. Fowler obtained Laura through Southeastern Guide Dogs Services 2-1/2 years ago and needs her to get around.

"I can be anywhere in Paradise Lakes and tell Laura to take me home and she takes me home," Fowler told the station.

Fowler, who has been fighting to get her case heard in court since getting the letter has finally been granted the right to move ahead with a discrimination lawsuit against Paradise Lakes, which she and her lawyer intend to re-file the lawsuit under the Federal Fair Housing Act.

"I don't want anyone who has a service dog to ever be treated the way I've been treated. Someone has to stand up and say enough is enough," said Fowler. She is also are seeking an undisclosed sum of money for “mental anguish.”

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