A Service Dog Might Be Taken Away Because of Fear
Brewsky, a service dog, was adopted by Katrina Flanagan in late 2014. She was told Brewsky was a mix of an American Bulldog and Labrador. However, a letter she recently received from the Tijeras village in New Mexico instructed her to get rid of him.
“It is unlawful to own or possess in the Village any dog of the breed known as American Pit Bull Terrier. Any such dog may be impounded by the mayor…to be destroyed,” a statement sent to Katrina by the deputy clerk.
Katrina’s son Conor has apraxia, a motor disorder caused by damage in the brain. The condition impacts movement and speech.
“Brewsky really helps Conor maintain his focus,” Katrina said. “When we’re in public together, if Conor starts getting nervous or upset or out of hand, I’ve really trained Brewsky to cue in on that.”
They are more than just “best friend”. They have fun together and Brewsky is always one step behind Conor, protecting him.
“We have fun, we play, we do good and Brewsky loves attention.” Conor Flanagan said “ We both work as a team together.”
ANGRY NEIGHBOR INTERRUPTS RESCUE OF A BADLY NEGLECTED PUP. SEE WHAT HAPPENS.
ELLE THE THERAPY DOG
WHEN YOU SEE WHAT THIS PUP WENT THROUGH YOUR HEART WILL BREAK
The service dog’s owner has to show doctor papers
Katrina went to the village Council meeting, providing certification of Brewsky being a service dog. Also she brought Conor’s medical records with a doctor’s note recommending a service dog. The Council, after viewing all the documentation, still wanted the service dog to be tested to find out the right breed.
“The mayor said if they provide that exception based on the fact that he’s a service dog than anyone could get a pit bull in Tijeras and claim it’s a service dog,” Flanagan said.
According to the Americans with Disabilities Act, “municipalities that prohibit specific breeds of dogs must make an exception for a service animal of a prohibited breed, unless the dog poses a direct threat to the health or safety of others.”