This site is no longer being updated. Read more on pet behavior and wellness at The Wildest.

Mastiff 1, Reporter 0

CNN's Soledad O'Brien attempts to evict family because of their dog.
By Julia Lane, May 2009, Updated June 2021

Back in January, CNN correspondent Soledad O’Brien complained about a Neapolitan Mastiff who lived in her exclusive New York City co-op building. As secretary of the co-op board, she and the other board members filed a 20-page affidavit claiming that poor Ugo had to go due to his "size, slobbering, shedding, drooling, gassiness and odors." Were they serious? Clearly, the board members are not dog people as just about any pup could be described this way at one time or another.

Owner Steven Lyon and family refused to give up Ugo. The board then stupidly insisted on evicting the family from their $3 million condo. O’Brien even signed the marching orders. Thankfully, a judge dismissed the case this week and only O’Brien is in the doghouse. Due to threats over the past couple months, she resigned from her position on the board. I can only imagine how this has affected her very public career as well. Maybe she should focus on that instead of picking on a dog for just being a dog.

Tags: 

Julia Lane owns Spot On K9 Sports, a training facility in the Chicago area, and offers online dog-sport coaching. She is the author of several travel books, and her byline has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Poets & Writers and elsewhere.