Hamilton man who must choose between his house or his dog is sitting tight

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Puti Rau loves his "best friend" Nima and he's facing homelessness because of it.

The elderly man who has to choose between his house and his dog is sitting tight until his landlord takes further action.

Puti Rau, who is retired and lives alone with his small dog, Nima, in Hamilton East, was supposed to give Accessible Properties an answer on Tuesday about whether he was leaving the house or getting rid of his dog after being told residents were not allowed them and he must get rid of it or depart.

"I was supposed to go and tell them what my decision was and I haven't done that, I'm just waiting them to come back to me. I'm just going to wait it out as long as I can."

Puti Rau is refusing to let his dog, Nima, go. He is waiting for the next move from his landlord.
GEORGE HEARD FAIRFAX NZ

Puti Rau is refusing to let his dog, Nima, go. He is waiting for the next move from his landlord.

He described Accessible Properties' decision to allow cats to stay unfair considering they won't entertain the idea of him keeping his Dacshund-Jack Russell cross.

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Hamilton man must choose between his house or his dog

"If it's a no-animal policy, then the cats should go too. An animal is an animal and it's up to the owner how they look after that particular animal. 

"In my last letter to them, I did invite them to come and spend some time with me to see how things really are. But obviously, they don't want to spend 20 minutes or half-an-hour with me: they just want to tell me off and make me get rid of the dog."

In the meantime, Rau has booked a doctor's appointment for next week in the hope that he can get a medical certificate to keep the dog. A support dog will be considered by Accessible Properties. The company said there was no update to the situation and declined to comment further.

 

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