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|Howdy, bit of a wall of text here
Currently i have an 8 month chihuahua in a place that does not allow pets. Knowing this i contacted the offices and let them know i am currently training my little puppy as a service animal. Apparently the person i contacted did not know her information and even though verified for me that my animal is alright i received a posting informing me that i would have to remove the animal or vacate the premises within a week.
To make matters worse, this notice was under a bunch of snow in front of my door and only found it when shoveling my front porch. So i can't contact them until 1 day before the "final day". In my family we deal with animals on a daily basis and have for years. Either in pet stores, training animals, or just the outdoors in general. I am very well informed of my laws in my home state of kentucky, as i've trained animals growing up. But i'm a little short on Montana codes
Now i do not have a disability (yet) my brother has severe arthritis and i have already developed moderate arthritis. I also suffer from a back injury that occurred in 2007, that although does not "disable" me progressively gets worse every year.
I started training this animal for myself knowing the amount of time it takes for an animal to learn and adapt, also the failure rate of some dogs being unable to fully become a service animal due to personality. The breed lives an average of 17 years and is good for picking up small items, fitting into smaller places, and moving among furniture.
Now for the questions. I read up on my new local laws and under Montana Code 49-4-214 subsection 3 it states
"A person who is training a service animal is entitled to the same rights and assumes the same responsibilities granted to a person with a disability in this section."
Full laws located below in case i missed something.
Now i thought i finished this process once already, however being in such a rush with so little time apparently available i'd like to have all the information i can obtain in case things get sticky. I'd love to stay in my current residency but i'll move to a more expensive but pet friendly location if i have to.
Considering the laws, what are the chances that i'll have to move? I've called around to some pet friendly places and receive calls of needing "certifications" or "registration" of the service animal.. which is not federally required or locally required and informed them so much to their surprise.
Edited by author Thu Feb 17, '11 9:07am PST
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