Tevlin: Disabled Minneapolis man, dog fight for the rights of service animal

  • Article by: JON TEVLIN , Star Tribune
  • Updated: November 26, 2013 - 8:57 PM

Baby, a 12-pound Shih-poo dog that looks like a small dust mop, entered the White Castle on Lake Street like she owned the place.

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widow124Nov. 26, 13 9:15 PM

as a dog-lover through & through (pitbulls are the best!!!) I just don't buy this man's story. It is people like this, who CLAIM their dog is a service animal, who put doubt in peoples' minds about the whole reasoning for service animals. Sounds like this guy thinks he has the cutest little ankle-biter around and he wants reassurance from people wherever he goes. If he relied on this dog, why let the dog roam around a restaurant -of all places- when it should be close by in case he has an "episode"?

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dutclinNov. 27, 13 9:19 AM

if the dog is "under voice control" then i doubt he would wander up to people or jump on people. i love my dog, but i know his limitations. don't abuse the service animal issue because you like taking your pet everywhere.

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actualreaderNov. 27, 13 7:25 PM

I thought it was actually Minnesota state law that changed the "status" of service animals -- and led to situations like this. There should be some kind of certification and certainly adherence to existing leash law. Why should a dog be able to roam a restaurant or grocery store, potentially contaminating food, just because someone claims it's "a service animal"? A "service dog" roaming a Burger King and "greeting other customers" isn't doing anyone a service. It's no wonder business owners are frustrated. They're the only ones who have to abide by laws in this situation and they'll probably be the ones sued when someone gets bitten or knocked down.

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minn12Nov. 27, 13 8:35 PM

A disability used to be actually that, someone blind, deaf, in a wheelchair, etc. Thanks to years of liberals constantly adding things and radicalizing the ADA, we now have a huge number of nebulous and bogus things claimed to be a 'disability'. This is the end result. It's become a cottage industry for bogus lawsuits filed against businesses by lawyers and their 'disabled' clients. What a joke.

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