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Snow Hill Tenants Outraged After Apartment Managers Ban Pets

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SNOW HILL, Md. - Tenants at Pleasant Manor in Snow Hill are upset after new ownership at their apartment has recently banned all pets and raised rent. 

WBOC was invited inside the building by tenants to see some of the issues they're facing, but property manager Tracey Holmes forced us off the property and called police. 

The apartment building is designed for elderly and disabled tenants.  John Onley says many people in the building have dogs, some service dogs like his pet, Bella. 

"She's everything. She stays with me and she keeps me calm," Onley said. "We're not going to get rid of our animal. What we're going to do is fight this or move."

Rick Gingerly says the new management is not giving adequate time for people to find animals a new home.  A notice was posted on Gingerly and Onley's doors on July 7th saying they had until the end of the month to "find a wonderful home for your pet(s)."

"Everybody in there has got one pet or another and she's making all of us get rid of all of our pets or move," Gingerly said. 

Gingerly says it's not just the new pet ban, but on his fixed income he can't afford a rent increase of over $100.

"I feel abused by this. She's trying to get us all to move out."

 

But because of some disabilities, Onley says it's difficult for the tenants to move.  So for now, many are stuck. 

"There's a lot of people that don't have money enough to be able to go anywhere else," Onley said. 

Onley says for him, he's not willing to give up his animals so he and his wife Linda are looking for a new place to live in Snow Hill. 

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