|Barked: Tue Jun 16, '09 9:17am PST |
|Bobby, please cite the legislation stating a retired SD is still a SD.
I feel that if you only need one SD, then you should only have 1 SD. If a dog is retired, they are retired for a reason-- they aren't capable of being your service dog anymore for whatever reason. If you've already got a new SD who is able to mitigate your disability, then you are not considered a person with a disability for a retired SD to mitigate it, too. My view is that we have these laws allowing people with SDs and ESAs in housing etc because they truely need these animals to survive. If people take advantage of these laws by claiming retired SDs as SDs even though they aren't working anymore and the person has a new SD to take care of their disability related needs, I think this is doing a disservice to the community. How many landlords are going to be happy about you carting along a zoo full of animals all with SD, retired SD, and ESA status? I think it is disrespectful to the landlord and to the reason these laws were created in the first place. These laws were created to help people who really needed help, not as a convenience or as a way to get around abiding by the pet limit. If we keep adding on more and more animals with special status to our leases, these landlords are going to try to get the laws changed to be more strict, and we are all going to suffer.
My feeling is if it is not medically necessary, it is not a service dog. Maybe an ESA depending on your disability, but definintely not a service dog.
I get very upset when I hear about people who are claiming lots of animals as SDs and ESAs. The laws were not intended to allow people to have as many animals as they want, but rather to provide mitigation to a person's disability. I feel it is almost disrespectful of the creators of these laws to take advantage of them if you don't need them. If the mitigation happens with one SD (or maybe even 2 SDs depending on your disability related needs, or 1 SD and 1 ESA depending on your disability related needs) then the person shouldn't be considered as needing any more of these animals.
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