[Libs-Or] Service animal policy

Donna Reed donna.reed at pcc.edu
Tue Jun 7 09:37:43 PDT 2016


Here is the policy at Portland Community College.
 http://www.pcc.edu/resources/disability/policies/service-animals.html
<http://www.pcc.edu/resources/disability/policies/service-animals.html>

Donna Reed
Library Director

On Tue, Jun 7, 2016 at 9:34 AM, Charles Kamilos <ckamilos at georgefox.edu>
wrote:

> 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
>
>
>  [image: Inline image 1]
>
> 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.
>>
>>
>>
>> *659A.143 Assistance animals*
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>> https://www.oregonlegislature.gov/bills_laws/ors/ors659A.html>
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>>
>>
>> Charlotte Cooper
>>
>> Douglas County Law Library
>>
>> 1036 SE Douglas Ave
>>
>> Justice Building, Rm 305
>>
>> Roseburg, Oregon 97470
>>
>>
>>
>> 541-440-4341
>>
>> dclawlib at co.douglas.or.us
>>
>> www.co.douglas.or.us/lawlib/
>>
>>
>>
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>>
>> Contents of this email are informational only and not intended as legal
>> advice.
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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
>>
>>
>>
>> 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."
>>
>> Based on what we've researched, staff can ask two questions or people
>> with animals:
>>
>>    1. Is that a service animal?
>>    2. What service does it provide?
>>
>>
>> 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.
>>
>> 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.
>>
>> I've attached a document from the feds that explain this, too. I hope
>> this helps!
>>
>> Cheers!
>> Buzzy
>>
>>
>> ************************************
>> Library Director
>> Hood River County Library District
>> 502 State Street
>> Hood River, Oregon 97031
>> 541-387-7062
>> http://hoodriverlibrary.org
>>
>> On 06/06/2016 05:25 PM, Oregon Trail Library District Director wrote:
>>
>> Hello,
>>
>> 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.
>>
>> 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
>
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> 503-554-6133 (reference desk)
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Donna Reed, PhD
Library Director
Portland Community College
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