Tenants of flats in Motherwell claim North Lanarkshire Council has threatened to evict them if they don’t get rid of their pets.
The McClurg Court residents started a protest petition immediately and some pledged they would be made homeless rather than give up a much-loved companion.
However, the council has denied making any such threat and insists it wants an ‘amicable’ solution to problems caused by dogs in blocks of flats.
Residents say they were forced to take protest action after a visit by a council housing officer.
One dog owner, Mary Forwell, said: “I’ve had Lindy, a Border collie, for nine years and there have never been any problems with her.
“The council won’t take my dog off me - they will take me first. I don’t care how big they are - I’ll fight them.”
She said her ground floor flat opens on to the block’s common green and Lindy is never in the close, adding: “Everyone loves her.”
The tenants said a petition which is in local shops has been signed by around 500 people while several hundred have signed an online petition.
A council spokesman said: “We are in discussion with tenants to find an amicable solution to concerns about dogs in some housing blocks. We deal with complaints on a case by case basis and take appropriate action where necessary.”