Pit bulls as service dogs?
Lawsuit says Denver’s, Aurora’s bans violate civil rights under ADA
Jared Jacang Maher, Face the State
Friday, May 7, 2010
Both Denver and Aurora have laws banning pit bulls. […] But what about a pit bull acting as a service animal for a disabled person? Should officials accept dogs that their own laws deem inherently unacceptable?
Good question and one that happens to be at the core of a new federal class-action lawsuit filed against Denver and Aurora by three disabled people who say the laws banning pit bulls violate their civil rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act. Allen Grider of Aurora and Glenn Belcher of Denver are U.S. veterans who suffer from psychological disabilities they say resulted from wartime service. Valarie Piltz is a Washington-based dog trainer with physical mobility problems and a condition that causes her to experience debilitating panic attacks. All three say the breed bans fail to make proper exemptions for their service animals of choice: pit bulls.
Story retrieved May 7, 2010 from http://www.thedenverdailynews.com/article.php?aID=8357