Discriminating Against People With Service Dogs Is Unthinkable, But It Happens Regularly

Who would do such a thing? You’d be surprised

By Fransi Weinstein

Discrimination against disabled people with service dogs - Get Leashed Magazine

Google it. You’ll be horrified. I certainly was. Still am for that matter.

We’re talking about veterans who risk their lives fighting for their countries and who return home with PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder), or people who experience seizures, have diabetes, psychiatric issues, all manner of disabilities visible and invisible, and yes, people who are blind.

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All of them, each and every one, are individuals who depend on service dogs to guide them, lead them, comfort them, protect them, alert them, watch over them and see for them. And every day, every hour, in cities and towns throughout North America, they are refused entry to stores, restaurants, cafes, hotels, taxis, airplanes and apartment buildings. Discriminated against.

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They’re told, “Your dog can’t come in here. You’re okay, but not your dog.”

Despite the fact that service dogs wear special harnesses to distinguish them. Despite the fact that most, if not all, of these people carry cards confirming that they have a disability. Despite the fact that it’s against the law.

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Clearly no one cares about breaking the law, mostly because the laws aren’t enforced, or at least not often enough. And even then, as the one denied entry, you have to prove the law was broken. Most often, you’re alone, with no witnesses to come to your aid or defense. A “he-said/she-said” type of situation.

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