Ferret Helps Disabled Man

Ferret Helps Disabled Man
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Ferret a Service Animal to Man with Disability - a Service Animal is not a Pet

Ferrets as a service animal; why not? Service animals are trained animals to aid people with disabilities. Tim Hull believes his ferret gives him a calming effect and has slowed his seizures.

The ferret also alerts his wife when he has a seizure episode. His wife believes that because Hall’s seizures are “quiet seizures” she often is unaware he is having a seizure until Bella the ferret began warning her.

According to Hull’s wife, the symptoms of Hull’s quiet seizures included his eyes rolling back, he would black out, and then go into a full-blown seizure.

Hull believes his rights were violated when he tried to shop in a shopping mall. The management kicked him out because he had the ferret with him.

According to Hall, he attempted to explain to mall officials that Bella the ferret was indeed a service animal.

Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), states that businesses must allow service animals into all public places. The ADA defines a service animal as “any guide dog, signal dog, or other animal individually trained to provide assistance to an individual with a disability.”

Hull was asked for Bella’s certification to prove she truly was really a service animal. Under the Americans with Disabilities Act such certification isn’t required. The ADA states that a service animal “trained to perform tasks for people with disabilities such as guiding people who are blind, alerting people who are deaf, pulling wheelchairs, alerting and protecting a person who is having a seizure, or performing other special tasks.”

According to the ADA, a person with a disability cannot be asked to remove their service animal from a public place. The management is also not allowed to ask for certification or proof before allowing the individual with a disability to enter the public property. The animal is allowed to go anywhere the individual with a disability is allowed to go.

The only time a service animal can be excluded is when it shows vicious behavior.

If the rights of an individual with a disability are violated, the violator may have to pay damages as well as penalties.

The United States Department of Justice attempted to define service animals last year, trying to eliminate several types of animals. Because of the new administration implementation of any new rules were put on hold until the new civil rights team was in place.

I think they need to take a good long look at any revisions, especially since one of the animals being eliminated were monkeys. Many quadriplegics depend on service monkeys for day to day living. These monkeys give independence and hope to those that had little hope before.

Having ferrets myself, I certainly can see how Bella could be a service animal. Did you know that ferrets were trained to pull wires through tunnels during construction projects? Many animals can be trained to be service animals.

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