Donata Forman really loves her dog. So when her condo board told her little Charlie—a four-pound Yorkshire terrier— had to go, “I said, I’m going all the way" with the case, Forman tells the New York Daily News. “I need him because he’s part of the family.” Forman took the condo board to court, and dragged them through a costly legal battle—which she won this week.
So rejoice, pooch lovers, because an appeals court ruled that a pet ban can only be instituted if it is written into the condo’s bylaws and approved by 80% of the owners who live there. The condo board is probably pretty chagrined; Forman at one point offered to settle, but they turned her down. “They told a judge that they’d spent $100,000 already, so they can’t settle,” says Forman’s lawyer.