KEARNEY, Neb. — A lawsuit alleging that the University of Nebraska at Kearney prohibited a student from keeping a therapy dog in her university-owned apartment is headed for trial.
The lawsuit, filed in 2011 by the U.S. Justice Department, alleges that university administrators violated the U.S. Fair Housing Act when they refused Brittany Hamilton's requests to keep her 4-pound miniature pinscher named Butch in the housing complex. The dog had been prescribed by her therapists to help her cope with depression and anxiety.
University policy bans pets other than fish from its housing, unless the student has a disability requiring a service animal or works on staff as a hall director.
The trial has tentatively been set for 2015 in U.S. District Court in Lincoln.