Rental/Student Housing Pet Policy

 

Pet Permit Application

Download a Pet Permit application in Adobe PDF format.  Applications can also be obtained from the CNHA office.

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Statement of Intent

These policies are intended to ensure pet ownership does not interfere with the rights of all residents to enjoy clean, quiet and safe surroundings and to protect the property of the Comanche Nation housing Authority.

 

Registration

A.  No pet shall be brought onto the premises until an application for a pet permit has been submitted and approved by the Comanche Nation Housing Authority (CNHA).  The application must be accompanied by a $75.00 non-refundable deposit.

B.  Pet owners must update their pet registration with CNHA at least annually.  The application shall serve as the initial registration and annual updates will be done at the time of the tenant's required annual income recertification.  Along with the original application AND with each annual registration update the tenant will furnish the following:

1.  Certificate signed by a licensed veterinarian stating that the pet has received all inoculations required by state and local law.           

2.  Information sufficient to identify the pet and to demonstrate that it is a common household pet.  A photograph is the recommended form of identification.

3.  The name, address and phone number of at least one responsible party who will care for the pet in the event of death, incapacitation or absence of the owner. 

4.  A letter from the person designated as the alternate pet custodian indicating their willingness to accept responsibility for the pet in the event of death, incapacitation or absence of the owner.

5.  A current license issued by the appropriate authority of the City of residency.

 

Type of Pets Allowed

A.  Permitted pets are domesticated dogs, cats and birds.  Tropical fish will also be acceptable.  No pet deposit is required for fish.

B.  Only one (1) pet per household will be permitted, with the exception of fish, where one aquarium will be permitted.

C.  Vicious and/or intimidating or dangerous dogs or cats will not be allowed.  "Dangerous dog" means any dog that:

1.  Has inflicted severe injury on a human being or another animal without provocation on public or private property, or

2.  Endangers the safety of humans or other animals by aggressively attacking in an apparent attempt to inflict severe injury.

3.  Dogs shall not be declared dangerous if the threat, injury or damage was sustained by a person who, at the time was unlawfully present upon the premises occupied by the owner or keeper of the dog, or was tormenting, abusing, or assaulting the dog or was committing or attempting to commit a crime under any federal, state or local law.  For the purpose of this policy, a person is considered to be lawfully present upon the property of a dog owner or keeper when he is on such property in the performance of any duty imposed upon him by the laws of the state, or by the laws of the United States, or the postal regulations of the united States, or when reading meters, or making repairs to any public utility or service located on the premises, or when working on said property at the request of the owner, keeper or any tenant having a lease upon any portion of said property, or when on such property upon the invitation, expressed or implied, of the owner, keeper or lessee of such property.

4.  "Provoke" or "provocation" means, with the respect to an attack by an animal, that the animal was hit, kicked, agitated by teasing or struck by a person with an object or part of a person's body or that any part of the animal's body is pulled, pinched, or squeezed by a person.

5.  "Severe injury" means any physical injury that reasonably results in hospitalization or medical treatment.

 

Licensing

Dogs and cats must be licensed yearly as required by the City or County of residence.  Residents must abide by all provisions of the ordinances of the City in which they live regarding the keeping of dogs and cats. 

 

Control of Pets

Residents shall not permit their pet to disturb, interfere or diminish the peaceful enjoyment of other residents.  If complaints about minor activities/disturbances of a pet arise, the CNHA will issue two warnings and the third incident within any twelve month period means eviction of the pet or the pet owner.  Complaints of a more serious nature may result in the immediate eviction of the pet or pet owner. 

A.  Dogs and cats shall not be allowed to run free but must be contained or on a leash when outside the residence.

B.  Birds must be confined to a cage at all times.

C.  Residents shall not alter their unit, patio or unit area in order to create an enclosure for any pet.

 

Disposal of Pet Waste

A.  Residents are solely responsible for cleaning up pet droppings, if any, outside the unit and on facility grounds.  Removable pet waste must be disposed of by being placed in a sack, sealed and then in the resident's own garbage can outside their unit.

B.  Resident must provide litter boxes for cat waste.  Residents shall not permit refuse from litter boxes to accumulate nor to become unsightly or unsanitary.

C.  Residents shall take adequate precautions and measures necessary to eliminate pet odors within or around the unit and shall maintain the unit in a sanitary condition at all times.  The CNHA may require more frequent housekeeping inspections for residents with pets.

D.  The CNHA will impose a separate pet waste non-removal fine of $10.00 per occurrence on pet owners that fail to remove pet waste in accordance with the requirements above.

 

Unattended Pets

If pets are left unattended for a period of twenty-four (24) hours or more, the CNHA may enter the dwelling unit, remove the pet and transfer it to the proper authorities, subject to the provisions of pertinent local ordinances.  The CNHA accepts no responsibility for the animal under such circumstances.

 

Strays and Litters

A.  Residents are prohibited from feeding or harboring stray animals.  The feeding of stray animals shall constitute having a pet without the written permission of the CNHA.  Also, no guest or any other person may bring a pet temporarily onto the premises.  If resident is acting as a temporary pet caretaker, a pet deposit must be made and the care must be limited to two weeks or less.

B.  Should any pet housed in a CNHA facility give birth to a litter, the resident shall make arrangements to move them from the premises.

 

Damages

Resident is responsible for all damages caused by their pets, including the cost of cleaning of carpets and/or fumigation of units.  Additionally, a resident who owns a dog or cat and whose residence becomes infested with fleas or ticks to the extent it requires treatment, will be charged for the cost of the treatment.

 

Violations

The privilege of maintaining a pet in a facility owned by the CNHA shall be subject to the rules set forth in this policy.  This privilege may be revoked at any time if the animal should become destructive, create a nuisance, represent a threat to the safety and security of other residents or create a problem in the area of cleanliness and sanitation.  Violations of this policy are considered a breach of lease and may result in eviction of tenant.

 

Exclusion

The CNHA Pet Policy does not apply to animals that are necessary as a reasonable accommodation to assist, support, or provide service to the elderly or persons with disabilities.  This exclusion applies to animals that reside at CNHA housing and animals that visit CNHA housing.

 

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