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Sellersville Residents Battle HOA Over Pet Policy And Fines

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Denise Fanelli enjoys walking her Puggle named Buddy where she lives at The Mews At Wyckford Commons in Sellersville.

She said, "They're like my kids. I've had the one for 11 years and I've had the other for six years."

But the walk isn't as enjoyable without her other dog, a Husky Shepherd Chow named Molly who isn't allowed here. Fanelli says the Homeowners Association abruptly changed the rules regarding pets. Initially bylaws allowed for one but Fanelli says it was later amended to allow for two.

"The board is saying they are not in affect," said Fanelli. She and other residents started receiving fines from the board after they say it reverted back to the original policy. She can't bear to get rid of one of her beloved pets.

"I'm unable to do that. I actually took one of my dogs off of the property and I'm living with that dog somewhere else away from my husband, my son and my other dog," said Fanelli.

Other residents complain of being hit with overwhelming fines for pets and other issues too.

"On my account there's about $700 worth of fines," said Harold Rosenberger. He has two cats named Kitty and Taco.

"In many cases they just send an automatic fine that goes on your account," said Rosenberger. He feels his cats should be grand fathered in since the copy of bylaws he says he got when he bought his condo in 2006 states two pets were allowed. Other issues include, "You get a $100  fine for leaving your boots or shoes on the porch, having too many flower pots or parking in the wrong spot when it's supposed to be open parking," said Rosenberger.

Residents filed a complaint with the State Attorney General citing excessive and sometimes erroneous fines also prevents them from voting in association elections or running for a seat on the board.

"It's out of control. It's not a comfortable place to live anymore," said Fanelli.

Fox 29 contacted the president of the HOA. We have not heard back from him but his wife said he resigned Monday. She did not say why. Fox 29 also left a message for the board's Vice President. We're still waiting for comment. 

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