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April 9, 1995 | MARY MOORE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
James Maaske gets mad when someone tells him, "Dogs are not allowed." Maaske, an epileptic who has frequent seizures, wants his service dog, Billy, beside him at all times. In the eight years he has had Billy, Maaske has trained the dog to guard him when he is having a seizure and revive him by licking his face. So he doesn't appreciate it when he is barred from bringing Billy into stores, hospitals, restaurants or buses.
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OPINION
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.
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BUSINESS
March 2, 2014 | By Marc Lifsher
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.
BUSINESS
March 2, 2014 | By Marc Lifsher
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 18, 2009 | Jessica Garrison
Shawnine Mackay, who often sleeps on the street near Hollywood Boulevard by lowering herself out of her wheelchair onto the ground, said she would love to be able bed down in one of Los Angeles County's dozens of homeless shelters. But shelter workers have repeatedly turned her away because of her dog, Molly, who is trained to help her detect and cope with seizures.
NATIONAL
May 10, 2003 | From Reuters
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.
OPINION
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.
BUSINESS
August 22, 2010 | By Martin Eichner
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.
REAL ESTATE
February 18, 2007 | H. May Spitz, Special to The Times
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
August 8, 2013 | By Lee Romney
SAN FRANCISCO - This is, after all, the City of St. Francis. So when a shrine named in his honor announced plans to build a repository for pet ashes in a catacomb-like hollow under the stairs of its 19th-century church, many animal lovers were elated. Little did they know the plan would stir old-fashioned church politics and deep theological questions. (Is the stair nook a sacred space? Does placement of cinerary urns equate to pet burial? Did St. Francis only care about living creatures?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 8, 2013 | By Lee Romney
SAN FRANCISCO - This is, after all, the City of St. Francis. So when a shrine named in his honor announced plans to build a repository for pet ashes in a catacomb-like hollow under the stairs of its 19th-century church, many animal lovers were elated. Little did they know the plan would stir old-fashioned church politics and deep theological questions. (Is the stair nook a sacred space? Does placement of cinerary urns equate to pet burial? Did St. Francis only care about living creatures?
BUSINESS
April 19, 2013 | By Martin Eichner
Question: I manage a 12-unit apartment complex with a strict no-pets policy. We understand that under federal and state fair housing law, we may need to make an exception to our no-pet policy for a disabled resident who requires a service animal as a reasonable accommodation. However, there is a resident at my apartment complex who has a visitor staying with her for a few weeks. The visitor has a dog that accompanies her everywhere and appears to be staying in the resident's apartment with her. When I asked the resident about the dog, she told me that her guest is disabled and that the dog is a service animal.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 27, 2013 | By Richard Verrier
The American Humane Assn., the group charged with overseeing the welfare of animals on television and film sets, has tapped a new board chairman. The charity said John Payne, who has served in top positions at Bayer Healthcare, Mars Global PetCare and Banfield Pet Hospitals, has been named chairman of the board of 136-year-old organization. A well-known figure in the animal wellness and welfare sphere, Payne has more than 30 years experience in the industry. PHOTOS: Hollywood backlot moments β€œIt is an honor to be elected to the board of an organization with such a rich history of protecting society's most vulnerable,” Payne said in a statement.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 24, 2012 | SANDY BANKS
Goofy looks fearsome at first glance. He's a strapping Staffordshire bull terrier, with big teeth, a barrel chest and a baleful stare. But he waddles more than he swaggers. And when this pit bull jumps on a stranger, it's to deliver a slobbery kiss, not to rip an ear off. Juan Arevalo bought the dog as a puppy for his teenage son, who promptly lost interest in him. So, Goofy has been Arevalo's canine partner for the past four years. They walk or run together every day. "And I watch 'The Dog Whisperer' a lot," Arevalo said.
HEALTH
July 18, 2011
The landmark Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990 stated very clearly that people with disabilities had a right to take their service animals along with them wherever they went. But in retrospect, the law wasn't as clear as it might have been on one little point: What exactly is a service animal? The law termed it "any animal individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of a person with a disability" β€” but here was the rub: That seemed to imply that an elephant, just for instance, could make an excellent service animal.
BUSINESS
August 22, 2010 | By Martin Eichner
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 13, 2008 | Carla Hall
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.
REAL ESTATE
August 28, 2005 | From Project Sentinel
Question: I received a cat as a birthday gift, but my rental agreement says pets are not allowed. Over the last few months, new tenants have moved in with pets. I want to keep the cat. Should I discuss this matter with the on-site manager or the property owner, who signed the month-to-month agreement? Answer: The "no pet" policy may have changed since your tenancy began, or the pets for these tenants may have been allowed under the companion animals exception or if they are service animals.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 18, 2009 | Jessica Garrison
Shawnine Mackay, who often sleeps on the street near Hollywood Boulevard by lowering herself out of her wheelchair onto the ground, said she would love to be able bed down in one of Los Angeles County's dozens of homeless shelters. But shelter workers have repeatedly turned her away because of her dog, Molly, who is trained to help her detect and cope with seizures.
NATIONAL
May 5, 2008 | Rocco Parascandola, Newsday
That monkey on the subway? Illegal in the city, but not if the owner has a disability. The guy with the snake on the bus? Leave him alone. He needs it for emotional support. The Police Department Patrol Guide, a thick-and-getting-thicker collection of rules and regulations, has been amended to let officers know that seeing-eye dogs are not the only service animals. It is not just the blind who can have service animals, the Patrol Guide now says, but also those with epilepsy, heart disease, lung disease and other conditions, including mental disorders.
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