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Who Let the Dogs In? Feds Rewrite the Rules on Service Animals

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You’ve heard the expression “the world’s going to the dogs.” Well, that just became truer than ever. The U.S. Department of Justice recently revised the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) rules on when service animals are allowed in shops, restaurants and other public-access buildings. The regulations recognize the use of service animals in dealing with mental health issues. Services animals are usually trained dogs but in some narrow cases they can even be miniature ponies.

Now hold your horses: The DOJ has clarified that service animals that provide help for psychiatric impairments are covered under the ADA.

Case in Point: The new DOJ regulations, which took effect this spring, say service dogs allowed in public-access building must be, “individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with disability,” not just provide “emotional support.” The rules go on to say the work performed by th...(register to read more)

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