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Wallaby Damned

The Common Council in Beaver Dam, Wisc., voted on an ordinance to amend its municipal code to clarify what animals qualify as a service animal to aid the handicapped. Specially trained dogs and miniature horses are in, if a doctor prescribes them, but kangaroos are out. The city attorney noted such an ordinance is legal, since according to the Americans with Disabilities Act, pets who merely provide emotional comfort do not qualify as service animals. The action was taken because a woman brought a young ’roo into a restaurant, claiming she was disabled and that the joey was her “therapy animal,” but refused to say what medical doctor authorized it. The ordinance passed on a 14-to-0 vote. (RC/Beaver Dam Daily Citizen) ...Now that’s a pocket veto!
Original Publication Date: 12 July 2015
This story is in True’s book collections, in Volume 22.

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