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Service dogs denied from b&b

I have been googling for dog friendly places to stay in anticipation of my wedding next year and I came across a bed and breakfast that clearly indicated on its website that no dogs, not even service dogs, are allowed in the rooms because the owner is allergic to dander. As a business, can they restrict access to true service animals? Neither of mine are service dogs but I was curious about the matter.

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Any business owner has the right to refuse service to anyone they wish, including dogs.
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Wow...I mean I knew that as far as people go, but for an animal that is serving a real purpose for someone who needs them? Bummer

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True, but the person doesn't necessarily "need" to stay at the B&B. They can stay at pet friendly accomodations elsewhere.
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Any business owner has the right to refuse service to anyone they wish, including dogs.
This is not exactly true. I am ion my phone and cannot provide a link to the law, TJ, could you post a link to the law that covers this please.


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Any business owner has the right to refuse service to anyone they wish, including dogs.
False...you cannot refuse service to anyone for things listed under discrimination laws. Disabilities are one of those things. Refusing service to someone beacuse they are disabled is ILLEGAL.

I'm not sure what would happen in this situation, but I believe they could be forced to take the dog. Only issue is that if the owner does have a bad allergy...it might give them enough grounds not to have to accept the dog as it will cause an inconvenience or be life threatening (the allergy) to the owner and to the other guests.

On top of that you have to consider that people have other options. If this was the only option for reasons x, y, z, you might have a case (as the PWD) but if there is a hotel right next door, or down the street, that does accept dogs (for an equal or fair rate) the case does lose merit.
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I don't know the exact law or how it is worded.

You can pretty much refuse service to anyone as long is it is not based on race, religion or disability.

They are not refusing the person based on their disability they are refusing because of the dog.
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I don't know the exact law or how it is worded.

You can pretty much refuse service to anyone as long is it is not based on race, religion or disability.

They are not refusing the person based on their disability they are refusing because of the dog.
They are refusing service to the person by refusing to allow a disabled person bring their medical device with them. That is what a service dog is, a medical device, same as a cane or wheelchair.

Now, if the owner is allergic and the B&B is their home they might have a case. While the B&B is a business the building is also their residence.
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This is very interesting!

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Sounds like something that would need to be settled in court for someone truly offended or looking to get paid

Im biased though due to being a dog lover. Let the dog in!
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