So, first let me start by saying I am a service dog handler. Well, I am in the process of training one because 3 different doctors have said to me.. “If you don’t want to be on pain meds your whole life because of your back, you need to train a dog to help you.”..
As the help I need is to carry my laptop when walking distances, and to pick things up for me off the floor, that means I need a larger breed.
So, meet Ash.
Awwww, so cute!
Yeah, he is now. He still will be when he is upwards of 100lbs as well. He is an Akita.
Did you know there are places that ban Akitas? Yup. Cities, insurance agencies, even some states are trying to ban them. Along with pitbulls.
Why? Fear. That simple.
People who are scared, ban things they are scared of. For some, it doesn’t matter how much training one puts into the animal, the animal should not only be banned.. But destroyed.
Yes, I said destroyed. Some areas will actually take your dog away from you and destroy it.
Well, what if it’s a service animal?
Currently, the ADA and other service animal legislation does not prohibit breeds. This means if some one wants to use a Chihuahua as a service animal, as long as it performs a task, they can. This also means if some one wants to use a mixed breed junk yard dog, they can.
There are some stipulations though. It must perform a function that eases the disability. For me, as mentioned, it would be picking things up for me as well as carrying objects over distance. It must be well behaved.. Training… It must not be a nuisance through behavior or potty habits… Training..
Apparently though, there is a State Attorney who feels that the laws are moronic. Or at least, here.. Let me quote him.
Source (FOLLOW THIS LINK): http://www.wctv.tv/home/headlines/Service-Animal-Thrown-Out-Of-Hospital-242494921.html
“Well some moron in Congress probably wrote that law,” said Meggs
Why does he think the service dog laws are written by a moron?
“I don’t see how having a pit bull running loose with you qualifies as a service dog,” stated Meggs.
First: Running Loose – It wasn’t running loose. It was in a harness, in control of the handler, and performing it’s function.
Second: Breed – If the animal is trained, and following the regulations required, what is the issue?
Oh, but wait.. Let’s do some research on Meggs.
He laughs about rape charges.
He presses charges for posting of public information.
Ok, hold up.. I can kind of agree on the phone number of a cop not being public information.. As I can’t find many details on this one, let’s move on.
He has been accused of public corruption.
I can keep going, but I don’t think there is a point. What I am trying to show here is that, well, he is just as much of a moron as the law makers who passed the ADA.
Could the ADA laws use some basic reform.. Yup. In fact, they get that quite often.
Heck, since I did not list my source about the service animals, you can find it at the link above.
My final point. Just because you have a phobia, does not mean you have the right to hinder another persons life. I don’t like elevators, yet, I’m not pushing to ban them. Even if they have been the cause of deaths.
So, Willie.. Put your willy back in your pants, and help support those who are following the laws.