Skip to comments.Judge: Woman's monkey not a service animal
Posted on 10/24/2009 12:01:34 PM PDT by JoeProBono
SPRINGFIELD, Mo.- A Missouri woman whose monkey was denied status as a service animal said having to leave the pet at home will restrict her activities.
Debby Rose of Springfield said a federal judge rejected her lawsuit against the Springfield-Greene County Health Department, CoxHealth and Wal-Mart East for failing to recognize her Bonnet Macaque monkey, Richard, as a service animal, The (Springfield, Mo.) News-Leader reported Friday.
"It's devastating; it's devastating," said Rose, who purchased the monkey in 2004. "I feel like I'm discriminated against in Greene County. What can I say?"
Rose said in her suit that she suffers from agoraphobia and anxiety. However, Judge Richard Dorr said in his ruling that Rose has been married three times, has six children, worked several jobs and moved in and out of the state several times. He said she was not diagnosed with her conditions until 2006, two years after she obtained the monkey.
The lawsuit claimed Richard qualified as a service animal because his actions had the effect of "breaking the spell" and " breaking off the focus." However, Dorr ruled the monkey's activities did not address any disabilities Rose might have.
Wait a second, my chihuahua Fidel is a service animal. I have to say that to get him into my office building.
Her statement is racist. I think.
We prefer more politically correct synomyms like "assistance animals", "assist animals", "support animals" or "helper animals."
you say her monkey doesn’t do service?
Did the judge ask to see her monkey to decide?
You can say "I'm a duplicitous moron."
On a related note, this woman reminds me of my brother's wife. Her and her entire family have all been diagnosed with dubious afflictions that prevent them from holding jobs but have no impact on their ability to sit around all day smoking weed while waiting for their disability checks to arrive.
Missouri is the `Show Me’ state, so I’m guessing he did.
I saw this documentary on TV. She seemed normal...except for the monkey on her back.
Like the lady who’s monkey ripped off the face of the neighbor, all she had to do was be as brave as her and say “Yes, the monkey serviced me regularly.”
“Bad monkey! Bad!”
“You are so getting spanked when we get home!”
I wonder if she’s ever had to spank her monkey for being bad?
Mr. Monkey finds few opportunities in the help wanted section after his unfair termination from the service sector.
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