Student taking a stand for her guinea pig
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.-- A college student is taking a stand, for her guinea pig. Kendra Velzan, 28, is a sophomore at Grand Valley State.
Velzan has a pace maker and suffers from severe depression.
She claims that she needs the rodent for emotional support.
The problem is, Velzan lives in a pet-free dorm room.
The university refused her request, since the guinea pig is not a trained service animal.
Velzan argued that The Fair Housing Act allows companion animals.
Elizabeth Vezino Stoddard, with The Fair Housing Center of West Michigan said, "Because a person's need for emotional support in their home is often much different than emotional support in a public area, so that's why the Fair Housing Act has a different definition of companion."
Velzan has filed a lawsuit that Grand Valley State refused to comment on.
Right now the guinea pig is temporarily being allowed to stay in the dorms.