Today was a big day for non-canine service animal news, which I keep tabs on here as part of ongoing follow up to my New York Times Magazine article, Creature Comforts, about the use of non-canine service animals (which include ducks, monkeys, horses, goats, and at least one kangaroo). The biggest news is that a court in Missouri has rejected the discrimination case filed by Debby Rose, who I featured in my story. She was forbidden to bring her Macaque monkey Richard into local businesses, despite the fact that she says he’s a service monkey trained to help with her agoraphobia (Richard pictured above driving with Debby).
In addition to ruling that Richard wasn’t a service animal, the judge also
rejected Rose’s claim that she qualifies as disabled under the
Americans With Disabilities act. The full ruling is online here as a PDF. In other non-canine service animal news, a Winston-Salem man was kicked out of a local mall because of what he says is his seizure-alert service ferret.
h/t @matthewATlaw – thanks for the notice