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Old 08-25-2011
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I have a thorny situation. I have a woman in court who has been previously convicted of animal abuse, dropped from a felony to a misdemeanor for killing a cat, and now have her back in court for excess. I am attempting to get 3 years probation, no ownership, guardianship, caring for etc of animals for that 3 years and open search and seizure. She knows what we want and the DA is actually onboard with us for a change.
Today in court she announced that she has 4 dogs left, one which is her grandsons, 2 which are being placed and one which is a thereapy dog and she has medical paperwork stating she needs a therapy dog. I have not read the letter from the Dr., nor am I going to ask for it. The defense attorney asked and received yet another continuance to research the therapy dog thing. From the research I have done, I find that I am able to ask 2 questions regarding the "Service Dog" and they are "Is the dog a service animal required because of a disability and what work or task has the dog been trained to perform?"
It is my understanding that a dog used because you have anxiety, which I think is the reason for this one, is not covered under ADA rules.
Any help and input would be greatly appreciated as I go back to court late Sept on this case again.
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Old 08-25-2011
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You are correct; dogs used for emotional support are not protected.
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