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An animal—most commonly dogs, far less commonly capuchin monkeys and miniature horses—which is trained to care for a person with disabilities, especially those with visual impairment, but also those with ambulatory disabilities who are in wheelchairs

service animal

Any animal (often a dog) specially trained to assist a person who is blind, deaf, or disabled in some way.
Synonym: assistance animal
See also: animal
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Customers traveling with an emotional support animal or psychiatric service animal will be required to submit a signed Veterinary Health Form and/or an immunization record (current within one year of the travel date), an Emotional Support/Psychiatric Service Animal Request form which requires a letter prepared and signed by a doctor or licensed mental health professional, and a signed Confirmation of Animal Training form to Delta's Service Animal Support Desk via Delta.
These are dogs that have defecated or urinated in stores and restaurants, destroyed apartments, disrupted movie theaters, bitten people or even attacked legitimate service animals.
Service animals are defined as dogs that are individually trained to do work or perform tasks for people with disabilities.
The parties settled and agreed to the terms of a consent decree, which among other things, mandated that the co-op adopt certain policies and procedures for evaluating requests for "assistance animals," such as emotional support or service animals, by residents with disabilities.
The program, to date, has treated more than 60,000 service animals and has seen the number of participating ACVO members, who volunteer their time and resources, increase to nearly 300.
1) is the dog a service animal required because of a disability, and (2) what work or task has the dog been trained to perform?
A short overview of the structure of the ADA is necessary so that the reader can appreciate the difficulty, in general, involved in determining an animal's status as a service animal.
Service animals have all the advantages of companion animals, but with the added benefit of training specifically for their owner's disability.
Covered entities are almost always required to allow a service animal on their premises.
It makes it hard for all of us who depend on our legitimate service animals for independent travel when business owners question our right to visit their establishments in the company of our guide dogs or when untrained or uncontrolled pets masquerading as service animals distract our dogs, or make it unsafe for us or our dogs to share the same space," says Penny Reeder of Montgomery Village, Md.
They also were not up-to-date on their immunizations, which, she said, should be a requirement for any service animal.
TV's Ben, who presented the Service Animal award to Brin, said: "Quite rightly, all the focus at the moment is on the brave men and women out on the frontline but what we forget about is the animals like Brin who have also seen active duty.

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