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…
The law termed it “any animal individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of a person with a disability”….
Plenty of people have claimed to have service cats and rats and parrots and ferrets and llamas and iguanas and at least one snake…
This March … the government issued a new definition:
“Service animal means any dog that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability, including a physical, sensory, psychiatric, intellectual, or other mental disability. Other species of animals, whether wild or domestic, trained or untrained, are not service animals for the purposes of this definition.” (The new rules make an exception for only miniature horses — and then only under certain conditions.)
Just in case you wanted to know. And to ask if the new definition will create its own new challenges.
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