How can I legalize my service animal?

I have been kicked out of many places in North Carolina because of my service animal. She has a backpack with ID, she is licensed in NC., and I also have patches saying that she is a service dog for epilepsy. She is always on a leash,VERY well trained and never leaves my side. I do not understand why people have got to be so rude.
Do I have the rite to sue or do I have to lock my self back in the house and never go out in public again, which I have done for a year and a half.


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  • <cite class="sig">W.ROBERT</cite>

    If you are legally disabled under ADA standards and the service dog is trained to perform a task, that you cannot perform yourself, that mitigates your disability and is directly related to your disability, your dog is legal. Period.

    There are no Service Dog licenses, registrations or certifications required by Federal ADA law. Showing one is a sign that your dog may not be a true service dog.

    Some states do require that you inform the state dog licencing agency (that requires ALL dogs have a license tag) that the dog is a Service Dog. Usually, your registration will be free.

    First, you need to go to http://www.servicedogcentral.org and read up on service dog law. Be able to cite Federal and State statutes by memory. You'd be amazed by how far just quoting the law will go to make businesses reconsider denial of access.

    If you're still denied access . . .

    Here's what you do:

    Print out ADA law. (make certain it has .gov on the Web address) Hand it to businesses that try to deny you access.

    http://www.ada.gov/svcanimb.htm

    Print out you State law regarding service dog access. (Make sure it has .gov on the Web address) it to businesses that try to deny you access.

    http://servicedogcentral.org/content/nod

    If the business persists, get names of everyone. Note time and date.

    Write a letter to the owner or the corporate office ( customer relations). Place only the facts in the letter. Include printouts of the link above and your states service dog law. Send it registered mail so you have proof they received it. This usually works, with a generous panicked apology.

    If it doesn't:

    Call/write your states Attorney General's office of Civil / Human /Disability Rights division File a violation complaint.

    North Carolina Human Relations Commission 116 W. Jones Street, Suite 2109 Raleigh, NC 27601Tel: (919) 733-7996 Toll Free 1-866-324-7474 (1-866-Fair Hsg) Fax: (919) 807-4435 Mailing address: N.C. Human Relations Commission 1318 Mail Service Center Raleigh, North Carolina 27699-1318

    Usually this gets it taken care of quickly. You can also file with the ADA, but they usually require more than one violation from more than one person and it'll take FOREVER to go to court.

    If you hire your own attorney, all you'll win usually is access and court costs. They rarely award punitive damages.

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  • <cite class="sig">EULA-Santaana</cite>

    I also live in North Carolina, and have a service dog for my 6 year old daughter. North Carolina, unlike most states, actually does have a service dog registry through the Health & Human Services Department.

    If you meet the definition of legally disabled, and your dog meets the LEGAL definition of a service dog, then it is a violation of both state and federal law to ask you to leave. Carry a copy of the North Carolina state laws with you and show them to anyone who tries to make you leave. http://www.animallaw.info/statutes/stusn… I carry the NC laws as well as a copy of the ADA law in our dog's vest. However, I do not and will not show anyone the state issued card and ID tag for him as it is illegal for a business owner to ask for it. The only person that ID or tag will be shown to is the police if I have an incident such as yours.

    If someone illegally denies you access with your service dog, no, you do not have the right to sue. What you must do is file a compliant under ADA violation with the Department of Justice and if found guilty they will be fined up to $25,000. Again, this only works if you are legitimately disabled and have a legitimate service dog. (not that I'm questioning you, but there is such a huge problem with people faking service dogs that I don't want to inadvertently give them any ideas!)

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