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Elderly cancer stricken man booted from apartment because of his bully breed dog

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A rescue agency is doing its utmost to help an elderly, cancer-stricken man find safe housing in Atlanta, Ga.

The man, 74-year-old Rahman Apacansis, recently survived not one, but two heart attacks and he has been diagnosed with two different types of cancer.

Despite the grave health concerns, there is just one thing and one thing only that Mr. Apacansis wants - a safe place where he and his beloved, rescued pit bull, "Lady," can live together.

Recently, Mr. Apacansis thought that he had found a safe apartment to reside in, but after the apartment management discovered that Lady was a bully breed, he and his dog, were turned away.

Thanks to the compassionate action of an Atlanta police officer, Mr. Apacansis was put in touch with Johanna Falber, who is the founder of the rescue agency, Stubby's Heroes.

On Monday, Stubby's Heroes stated:

Stubby's Heroes has reached out to local non profit legal agencies that are assisting with the case to recover Mr. Apacansis' first month's rent, security and pet deposit. While totaling a few hundred dollars, it might as well be ten thousand dollars to this family.

Mr. Apacansis is desperate to get into a new apartment or to rent someone's basement, possibly with a yard for Lady. He needs access to Marta and wants to stay in Atlanta or Dekalb County. He can afford 500.00 including utilities monthly. He has lived in his current room in the boarding building where he shares a bathroom, for four years and is a good payor. When he has gone into the hospital, his landlord has cared for Lady. He is very stressed and concerned, is not eating well, and is depressed.


Johanna immediately set up a time to meet with Rahman and the attorneys who volunteer their time. As they fight to get back Rahman’s pet deposits and help him and Lady find a suitable place to call home, we are coming together as a community in order to gather some of the things they may need as they start their new life off the streets.

We are accepting the following items as donations: dishes, glasses, towels, blankets, as well as Wal-Mart and Petsmart gift cards.

Individuals who are interested in helping this devoted guardian and his treasured friend find safe housing are asked to reach out to

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