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Dog owners sue NYC cooperative, accountants to prevent eviction for barking

He works for a symphonic rock band – but a barking dog isn’t music to his ears!

An accountant who rents out his Upper East Side co-op is being sued by his downstairs neighbor for trying to evict her over the alleged “incessant” barking of her dog “Snowball.”

Adam Seidel, auditor for the company that manages the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, is accused in court filings of “continuous molestation” against Blanche Zelmanovich, who bought the 18-pound West Highland White Terrier in January 2021.

Seidel’s alleged “threatening and harassing behavior” includes sending text messages to Zelmanovich vowing to “do everything in my power to help the building remove you and/or your dog” and warned: ” Think wisely about how you would like this to end.”

Zelmanovich’s lawsuit in the Manhattan Supreme Court alleges that Seidel sold co-defendants Eastmore Owners Corp. “Assisted” in serving her a notice last year accusing her of violating her lease and house rules.

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Adam Seidel has repeatedly complained about his downstairs neighbor’s dog barking.
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Zelmanovich says the complaints about her pet “rose largely from Seidel’s unidentified tenant” and that at least 15 other residents have signed affidavits describing Snowball as “a calm and well-behaved dog.”

“I don’t find the noise from Blanche’s apartment excessive at all,” wrote neighbor Dalton Ang.

“In fact, I can barely hear Blanche or Snowball from my apartment, and that’s coming from a person who lives right next door.”

Zelmanovich also says she suffers from “intense anxiety” and led Snowball to offer “emotional support and comfort.”

Last month, an executive at Allied Partners, which manages the building, wrote in an affidavit that the company had received “numerous complaints” about Snowball, mostly from the apartment “directly above,” including “untold hours” of audio recordings made from there . “as well as in the hallway outside the plaintiff’s apartment.”

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Snowball’s owner, Blanche Zelmanovich, said she bought the pooch to ease her anxiety.
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Allied Vice-President Adrienne Alicea also said that neither the company nor the Cooperative’s board of directors “ever received any written communication from a medical provider…indicating a disability of the plaintiff or a prescription for the dog as an emotional animal.” support is indicated”.

Seidel, who lives in Port Washington on Long Island, declined to comment Friday and his attorney did not respond to an email from The Post.

The Eastmore’s attorney also didn’t respond, and the building’s doorman said Zelmanovich’s upstairs neighbor “had nothing to say.”

https://nypost.com/2022/07/01/dog-owner-sues-nyc-co-op-accountant-to-block-eviction-for-barking/ Dog owners sue NYC cooperative, accountants to prevent eviction for barking

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