Koda

Service Dogs in the Twin Ports

In Superior, WI there is a law called Casey's Law. This law was designed to protect medical service dogs and the people who depend on them. In March of 2010 this law was broken with HUD refused to enforce it.

A service dog was attacked 4 times over 3 months inside of the very building it's owner lived. The dog who was attacking was known to have dog on dog issues. When the management of the building was confronted on this issue they said "it is only natural for a smaller dog to lung at a larger one".

On March 10,2010 the fourth attack occurred. During this attack the service dog bit back. The owner of the attacking dog brought the animal to the vet after urging to do so on part of the service dog owner. The attacking dog suffered one set of puncture wounds. The Service Dog had skin missing from it's nose and small wounds as well as sections of missing hair on both hind legs and it's right front leg. The next day management serviced a notice to the service dog handler to either remove the dog from the property or be evicted.

After contacting hud for assistance on this matter the handler was told by hud officials to remove the dog while the situation was looked into. Having no where to place the dog it was given away to a new home. The attacking dog was allowed to stay on the property. Over a near 6 month time an investigation was held without results. The owner of the attacking dog was never asked to remove the dog who had went on to attack several other dogs in the building during it's stay.

One year after the incident the dog and owner moved out of the building.

Casey's Law states "If a person recklessly injures
a service dog or recklessly allows his or her
dog to injure a service dog, he or she is also
guilty of a Class A misdemeanor"

Both management and the owner of the attacking dog were duly informed of this law. Both chose to ignore it and HUD refused to enforce it.

Casey's Law can be found at http://legis.wisconsin.gov/lrb/pubs/Lb/06Lb8.pdf

The reason I know of this situation is I am the Service Dog owner. Suki was my best friend and a life saver. She volunteered as a Therapy Dog as well as her duties as a Service Animal. She was well loved within the community.

At this time in my life I am ready to start training a new dog for my mobility needs. So I am sharing my story for two reasons. For one to raise awareness of a law that is being ignored by HUD in Wisconsin and also to seek help raising funds for training supplies for my soon to be new dog. If you would like to read about the new dog you can find Koda's Service Dog Journey at http://www.gofundme.com/3as5gg.

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all4ricco says ... on Wednesday, Jun 26 at 11:09 AM

I think you should contact the people involved in the Americans with Disiabilits Act. I dont have info at my hands, but research online, even if this is over. You were discriminated against and you should take action.

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