New Hanover condo owner finds new home for old dog

Reported by Claire Simms - bio|email
Posted by Peter Smelser - email
Updated by Kristy Ondo - email

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) - A New Hanover County condo owner forced to give up her 13-year-old dog has found a home for the pet.  Paige Cole told WECT "Haley" will stay with friends until a permanent home is found.

Cole's condominium complex off Carolina Beach Road has weight restrictions for man's best friends--rules Cole said she was never aware of until the homeowners association suddenly told her the dog had to go.

When Cole bought her condo in 2007, she received a copy of the original covenants for the development. However, the condo board had amended them in 2006 to require dogs weigh 25 pounds or less.

CAMS Management, the company that assists the homeowners association with the Willoughby Park property, said their hands are tied.

"The rules, regulations and policies are set by the board of directors, which we follow," said Mike Stonestreet of CAMS Management. "No management company of any association has the authority to change policies and rules."

Neighbors say the rules should change.

"I don't want him taken away from there," said Nora Pepper, Cole's neighbor. "I don't want her to have to move out. It's not fair, because she's really quiet. She doesn't bother anybody."

Cole was given three days to find a new home for Haley and a $25 fine.

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