Sunday, August 17, 2008

Women Threatened With Trespassing Charges

I found this brief, but interesting news item today on the Dog Relections blog, written by Dan.

Women Threatened With Trespassing Charges After Bring Service Dogs To Dunkin' Donuts

Kiersten Niles, who uses a service dog for seizure alert and hearing assistance, says she was refused service at Dunkin’ Donuts in Manchester, New Hampshire last month. Ms. Niles was told that her service dog, Loretta, was not welcome in the store.

After Niles was told to leave with Loretta, she called Judi Bayly, of Assistance Canine Education and Support Inc., an advocate of service dogs. Judi’s dog, Crystal, helps her with mobility and detects health changes. Judi and Kiersten returned to Dunkin’ Donuts together, armed with a brochure showing that state law and the Americans with Disabilities Act grant public access to service dogs assisting persons with disabilities.

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