[nagdu] service animals and law enforcement assistance

Cindy Ray cindyray at gmail.com
Fri Jul 11 02:26:25 UTC 2014

Thing is, I had a sense from what it sounded like in the report that the dog which began vomiting could behave had bloat. I think it would be decent if someone would have offered assistance, but in 45 minutes one could call a cab. Of course maybe I wouldn’t have thought of it. Once I fell on the sidewalk and there was blood gushing out of my face and splashing on my dog’s head. Someone (a young person) asked if my dog was OK. I said that he was but I was not. That person said, “Oh.” Then he walked away. Should I have had help? Well, maybe yes maybe no. I just walked anyway till I got home. I wasn’t dying of course, but it was an extenuating circumstance. I guess my point is that people simply don’t reach out at times like that as much as they should even though they are willing to tell us we are now outside or on the grass or whatever.


On Jul 10, 2014, at 6:36 PM, Jenine Stanley via nagdu <nagdu at nfbnet.org> wrote:

> Did I miss something in these reports? Was the dog struck ill while working, such as by heat stroke? Was it injured? Was the woman on her way to the vet when this happened? 
> I’m assuming florida has a Good Samaritan Law that covers people including law enforcement personnel against being sued for transporting a human and I’m sure this would extend to a service animal as defined under Florida law given that the animal is an extension of the person if the law words it that way. That would be the question for the legal minds among us. 
> I too can’t believe no one else offered to take the person and dog the mile it took to get to the vet. I don’t know what else this woman might have tried to do but I’d have called the vet’s office as well. Of course we can all armchair quarterback this situation to death but what if it was one of us whose dog was injured or ill and could not go on to get us where we needed to go? 
> No, agree that law enforcement and emergency services should not have to take us to the vet if our dogs fall ill at home. When out and about though, is there that Good SSamaritan obligation? 
> Being friends with many of our local police officers, I can’t imagine one of them not breaking every rule to get someone with a service animal to the vet in an emergency like this but then again, who knows. 
> The sad part is that this woman’s dog is dead and whether it could have been prevented by her or by someone simply offering her a ride, she will have to live with it for the rest of her life. Not a fun thing.
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