|Barked: Fri Sep 17, '10 12:32pm PST |
|If the campus police want to brush it off, keep in mind the last 4 words that "Guest" used. "I fear for my safety." Florida has an interference and harm law. It is 413.081 Interference with or injury to a service animal; penalties; restitution:
(1) A person who, with reckless disregard, interferes with, or permits a dog that he or she owns or is in the immediate control of to interfere with, the use of a service animal by obstructing, intimidating, or otherwise jeopardizing the safety of the service animal or its user commits a misdemeanor of the second degree for the first offense and a misdemeanor of the first degree for each subsequent offense, punishable as provided in s. 775.082 or s. 775.083.
(2) A person who, with reckless disregard, injures or kills, or permits a dog that he or she owns or is in the immediate control of to injure or kill, a service animal commits a misdemeanor of the first degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082 or s. 775.083.
(3) A person who intentionally injures or kills, or permits a dog that he or she owns or is in the immediate control of to injure or kill, a service animal commits a felony of the third degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082, s. 775.083, or s. 775.084.
(4)(a) A person who is convicted of a violation of this section, in addition to any other penalty, must make full restitution for all damages that arise out of or are related to the offense, including incidental and consequential damages incurred by the service animal's user.
b) Restitution includes the value of the service animal; replacement and training or retraining expenses for the service animal and the user; veterinary and other medical and boarding expenses for the service animal; medical expenses for the user; and lost wages or income incurred by the user during any period that the user is without the services of the service animal.
If it were me, I'd give him a single warning. I'd flat out tell him to knock it off or I will call the police because 1. interference with a SD is against the law and 2. so is harassment. We can start a paper trail, and I'm willing to get a restraining order, if necessary. If he's smart, he'll realize that this could get him kicked out of school. Plus, in Florida, a RO will show up on any police background check as would the misdemeanor interference charges.
(Yeah, I went a little crazy with the highlighting the pertinent info)
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