March 2, 2014 |
SACRAMENTO - Jim Power, a licensed trainer of guide dogs for the blind from San Rafael, was visiting a crowded Southern California theme park a week ago when he spied "a 20-something lady...with a Chihuahua on a leash. " The small pooch wore a vest identifying it as a service dog. "It didn't particularly look...very legitimate," Power told a state Senate committee looking into what the disabled community, dog trainers and businesses call a growing problem: fake service dogs. Representatives of the California restaurant, retail, hotel, apartment and condominium industries testified that dog owners, who don't want to be separated from their pets, are abusing the Americans with Disabilities Act and other federal and state laws by falsely identifying their canines as working animals.
August 22, 2010 |
Question: I live in the apartment next to a woman who is blind and has a seeing-eye guide dog. It barks for what seems to be hours at a time, especially late at night. I am losing sleep. Our manager says the woman is entitled to have a guide dog. He says he can't do anything about the dog's behavior because he would be sued for discrimination. Don't I have any rights in this situation? Answer: Your manager correctly understands that the fair housing laws protect tenants who have disabilities and who need service animals such as guide dogs to reasonably accommodate their disabilities.
May 10, 2003 |
Airline passengers can bring cats, monkeys and other animals aboard domestic flights on a case-by-case basis for emotional support, but not spiders, snakes or rats, the U.S. government said Friday. The Transportation Department revised guidelines defining a service animal, which until now had been limited to animals that help passengers to manage physical disabilities.
March 5, 2014
Re "Fake service dogs a problem," March 3 As a veteran who served two combat tours, I wish I had been made aware of the recent state Senate hearing concerning service dogs. I would have gladly presented my long-haired chihuahua, who is in fact a service dog. If the committee had taken the time to review the federal government's current policies, it would have seen that comfort dogs are no longer classified as service animals. With some research, the committee would have seen that service dogs come in all stripes and flavors.
February 18, 2007 |
Question: I'm having a difficult time finding a place to rent, and I suspect it's because I'm disabled. What are my rights? Answer: First, it's important to know what federal law defines as disabled. According to Title 24 of the Code of Federal Regulations, a disability is "any physical or mental impairment which substantially limits one or more of a person's major life activities."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 13, 2008 |
The City Council voted 14 to 1 Tuesday to pass an ordinance mandating that most pet dogs and cats in the city be sterilized at as early as 4 months. The dissenter was Councilman Bill Rosendahl, who commented a week and a half ago that he had problems with requiring that dogs be altered so young and that he believed the city should focus first on licensing more dogs. Exemptions will be available for animals of licensed breeders, show animals, service animals and those pets whose veterinarians believe the procedure too risky.