Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Gulfport, Mississippi
I believe the ADA is the only device to follow when it comes to either AD's or SD's. I only go to certain stores and Gvt bld's and if its official business I will call in advance and offer to prove my SD is as the law requires by the paperwork provided by the VA. Common sense in 99% of these cases will show if its a SD or just a pet by the way the SD acts. Majority of the pets running around with SD's harnesses will act like a pet and growl, sniff or even act like a dog. SD's have special training and this store or any establishment has zero legal right to refuse a client as long as they don't mind a lawsuit in the rear. They can evict the animal if it goes to the bathroom in the store or just does not act like a real service animal or the handler fails to answer the questions the ADA says is legal. I have had many stores ask about Blitz and even though only two questions can be legally asked; I have no problems going further into my disability and providing paperwork which is in my wallet at all times. A pet owner will not have proof although many who have real SD's do not carry that paperwork either. So until the ADA is updated to read this I suspect that this story could cost this store millions if in fact the SD that was denied was in fact a real federally protected SD.
Bottom line there has to be more control on ID's that are real ID's for SD's and their handlers issued by either the states or feds so there is no question if it is a pet or not without making a huge issue out of denying what was actually a real SD
King CKC GSD (he shall always be remembered)
Willie Collie Mix 7 yrs old
Sarge White GSD 7 yrs old
Blitz Von Vormund AKC DN28154--- 2 yr old
Last edited by guitarest; 06-19-2012 at 05:14 AM.