[Libs-Or] Service animal policy

Charles Kamilos ckamilos at georgefox.edu
Tue Jun 7 09:34:00 PDT 2016


I've been a librarian, both public and academic, since 1989. I also have
severe and chronic PTSD and Depression. I have a service dog, Hunter.

There is a Public Access Test
<http://www.assistancedogsinternational.org/standards/public-access-test/>
provided by an organization called Assistant Dogs international that Hunter
and I review periodically.

One thing that can seriously irritate me is the group of people that will
buy a vest for their dog and call her a service dog!

Hunter had 2 1/2 years of training before I got him. Together, we both had
to pass the standards test supervised by a certified professional dog
trainer. Plus, although I found money to help, it costs around $35,000 to
properly train a dog. I paid multiple thousands to get him.

Charlie Kamilos, Senior Librarian
Portland Center Librarian
George Fox University


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On Tue, Jun 7, 2016 at 9:10 AM, Charlotte Cooper <dclawlib at co.douglas.or.us>
wrote:

> You may want to review ORS 659A.143 for Oregon specific rules.  It might
> be prudent to remind staff that although there are questions you can ask
> there are questions that can get you into trouble if you do ask.
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> *659A.143 Assistance animals*
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> https://www.oregonlegislature.gov/bills_laws/ors/ors659A.html>
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> Charlotte Cooper
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> Douglas County Law Library
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> *From:* Libs-Or [mailto:libs-or-bounces at listsmart.osl.state.or.us] *On
> Behalf Of *Buzzy Nielsen
> *Sent:* Monday, June 06, 2016 5:36 PM
> *To:* libs-or at listsmart.osl.state.or.us
> *Subject:* Re: [Libs-Or] Service animal policy
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> We have this line in our Code of Conduct:
> "Do not bring animals into the building, other than service animals or
> those involved in library programs."
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> Based on what we've researched, staff can ask two questions or people with
> animals:
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>    1. Is that a service animal?
>    2. What service does it provide?
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> If the answer to #2 is "therapy" or "emotional support", the animal is not
> considered a service animal and you are not obligated to allow them in your
> building. Some patrons push back on this because some federal regulations
> on housing allow emotional support animals, but they still are not
> considered ADA service animals. They must perform a specific task(s) in
> order to be considered a service animal. You cannot ask the patron to have
> the animal demonstrate the task. If they give you a response that fits with
> ADA, our lawyer says to just accept it, even if you have reason to believe
> the person isn't being completely honest. but Only dogs and miniature
> ponies count as service animals per the ADA.
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> Even if it's a service animal, the patron *must* have it under their
> control. We have asked patrons to leave when their animals barked or nipped
> at people or other animals or were straying far away from their people.
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> I've attached a document from the feds that explain this, too. I hope this
> helps!
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> Cheers!
> Buzzy
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> Library Director
> Hood River County Library District
> 502 State Street
> Hood River, Oregon 97031
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> On 06/06/2016 05:25 PM, Oregon Trail Library District Director wrote:
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> Hello,
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> Can anyone share their policy for a service animal? We had a patron come
> in with an uncontrolled dog, when asked to remove the dog she said it is
> her daughter's service animal.
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> Thanks in advance.
>
> Kathy Street, MLS
> Library Director
> Oregon Trail Library District
> 541-481-3365
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-- 
(The Rev.) Charles Kamilos, Senior Librarian
Portland Center Librarian
George Fox University
Portland, Oregon

ckamilos at georgefox.edu
503-554-6131 (office)
503-554-6133 (reference desk)
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