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'Singing' Dog Bronx Couple Eviction

'Singing' Dog Bronx Couple Eviction - Howling-mad neighbors at a Riverdale co-op are fighting to put a couple out on the street because their daughter's "singing" dog violates the Bronx building's no-pets policy.

An appeals court ruled that the Bonnie House co-op board can go ahead with eviction proceedings against Rita and Murray Hyman over their daughter's Maltese pooch, Rocky, who howls along when Rita sings.

The harsh ruling keeps the case alive in Bronx Housing Court and has the Hymans barking back.

"Rocky gives me a whole different outlook on life and keeps me going," said Rita Hyman, 62, who was left disabled after a 2003 car crash and considers Rocky her "therapy dog."

"They've hurt me so much by trying to take away our special relationship," she said. "Who will I sing with?"

The legal dogfight began inSeptember 2007 after the Hymans' daughter Julie began bringing Rocky to day-long visits with her parents, along with a second pooch, Vegas.

The building's management, which had sparred with the Hymans in the past over unapproved renovations, immediately moved to boot them from the co-op, claiming Rocky's visits violated a no-"pet harboring" clause in the lease.

But the Hymans argued that the dog did not live with them and therefore wasn't breaking the rules.

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