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Published:January 19th, 2011 12:55 EST

Neighbors Want Couple Evicted For Harboring Rocky The Singing Dog

By Robert Paul Reyes

"A New York couple said neighbors are trying to have them evicted because their daughter brings her dog to visit and `sing.`

Rita and Murray Hyman said an appeals court sided with the Bonnie House co-op board, allowing the board to go ahead with eviction proceedings against the couple for violating a rule against `pet harboring,` the New York Daily News reported Tuesday.

The Hymans said the Maltese, Rocky, does not live with them, but frequently visits during the day with their daughter. Rita Hyman, 62, who was disabled by a 2003 car crash, described Rocky as her `therapy dog.` She said he likes to join in when she sings, causing the noises cited in the complaints.

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In many ways canine companions are superior to human beings, and I would never live in an apartment building that bans dogs. Thank goodness that I live in a house with a large backyard where my dogs can play.

The couple is being evicted for "pet harboring", that sounds awful, you`d think they were harboring terrorists or drug dealers.

The pooch in question "Rocky" doesn`t live with the Hymans, but he visits them frequently along with his master. It isn`t too much to ask the neighbors to put up with Rocky`s renditions of pop hits. I bet that Rocky the Singing Dog sounds a hell of a lot better than Keisha or almost any other current pop star.

The Hymans plan on fighting the eviction, I hope that Rocky`s saga will have a happy ending like the Rocky movie.

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