We were visiting friends in New Paltz in a farmhouse on the Wallkill River.We were caught in a flash flood and had to be evacuated by boat by several kind and generous neighbors.
We the first night with an extremely wonderful and generous family, who had been our rescuers. Our car was still stranded by the water. So we got a room at the Motel 8 on Terwilliger Lane in New Paltz. I had just got out of the shower when the manager demanded I open the door because she heard a dog.
I told her I indeed had a dog but that I was naked and couldn't open the door. She demanded again that I open the door--so I did and of course she could see I was naked. She said I must vacate the premises immediately get off the property and go across the street. I asked if I could get dressed and she said I had fifteen minutes.
In fifteen minutes I was dressed and she was at the door. My husband had been sleeping, we were exhausted from our ordeal. So I went out with her and our 10 pound maltipoo, Moxie. And guess what!
She'd called the police! Three policemen answered her call to evict us from our room because of our dog! We asked her to call her corporate office, but she adamantly refused. We explained to the policeman that we had no car and only had the number for the farmhouse and not the cell number for our hostess.
We didn't even know the last names of our good samaritans who had rescued us and allowed us to sleep in their home (with our dog). So we were stuck. The policeman had to ESCORT me into the room to pack our things and my husband, who is ill was made to sit on a rock outside the property. Fortunately, upon returning outside with our things our host and hostess had been able to get our car, the water had gone down and her son had moved a tree that was on the road.
We went to a neighboring motel who suspended their pet policy and allowed us to spend the night. We came back to NYC the next day. Shame on Motel 8. I'm from New Orleans and have seen the good things that people do for others in crisis.
Great citizens of New Paltz.Horrible Motel Manager.