I work with a service dog that works off leash. I am Aspergeric, a form of mild autism, who works with a physiological service dog. The dog has been trained over several years to function as a service dog. What the dog does is provide feed back and interaction which helps me control secondary characteristics of the Aspergers. Essentially by maintaining control of the dog I can control allot of characteristics that make it difficult to interact with people. The dog lets me know when I am acting inappropriately. The dog travels with me all the time including when I work, socialize, and recreate.
The problem I have now is that I was ticketed for violating a leash law and told to leave a mountain bike riding area in Boulder County, Colorado, because the Officer claimed that dogs were prohibited from even being in the cars in the park's parking area even service dogs. Essentially I had let the dog out of the car to exercise some. In the past the dog would accompany me on rides but he is getting too old for this now. The dog still wants to accompany me on the rides and will bark if I just leave him in the car (The car is specially insulated and the windows stay down so there is no danger the dog will overheat in the car.) . What I found I could do, was to ride a short way with the dog tiring some and he will not bark when I left in the car for my ride. It was when I was doing this that I got ticketed for a Leash Law violation and ordered to leave the park by a Boulder County Sheriff Officer. The Officer did this even after I showed him the paper work from my physiologist showing that my dog was a service dog and I explained what I was doing.
I know that the ADA allows me to have the dog in the park. The problem I have now is the leash law. So far I have found only one out state case that states that a service dog that is working and is under control is not a dog at large. Does anybody have any idea how the ADA allows for leash law exemption?