Category Archives: Service Animals

So a Woman and a Kangaroo Walk Into a Bar

On this blog we’ve explored the laws related to service animals and how the ADA’s regulations extend their use far past traditional notions of “seeing eye dogs.” In Wisconsin (admit it, you assumed this blog post was going to have an Aussie connection), a woman is treading new territory by seeking legal recognition to use a kangaroo as a therapy animal. The woman, Diana Moyer, owns several kangaroos and also has a doctor’s note stating that one of the kangaroos—Jimmy—is a therapy animal to assist her in dealing with cancer treatment and depression. In no way would we ever mock …


And The (Miniature) Horse You Rode In On…?

For years restaurants, retailers, hotels, and other businesses have understood that disabled patrons may bring “service animals” in their stores. For most people, this means service dogs such as “seeing eye dogs” or dogs used to assist people with various mobility constraints. It’s a safe bet that most business owners and managers would be surprised to see a miniature horse showing up in their stores or restaurants. Well, surprise! Recent amendments to the Americans with Disabilities Act, or “ADA,” now list miniature horses as service animals, along with dogs, that must generally be permitted into stores, restaurants, and other businesses …