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service dog attacks and kills terrier
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In this Associated Press article we see a sad report of an owner-trained service dog attacking and killing another dog:
According to the article, the attack was unprovoked:
Evelyn Galloway, 74, and her Yorkshire terrier named Libby had just performed at "Pooches on Parade" at the Dennis Senior Center on Thursday when Rafferty, a nearly 100-pound Bouvier des Flandres, attacked Libby and "picked her up like a rag doll," Galloway said. Three people had to wrestle the four-pound terrier out of the jaws of the "service dog" owned by Autumn Daniels, of Dennisport, who uses a wheelchair.
An on-duty animal control officer heard the commotion and rushed to help. Libby was rushed to an animal hospital in Hyannis, but died about 30 minutes into surgery, Galloway told The Cape Cod Times. The show continued after the incident, according to dog owner Estelle Hill.
The woman who trained the Service dog was protected under the Americans with Disabilities Act for rights of access:
"There are no federal guidelines for training and certification to ensure service animals are safe, said Michelle Cobey, who works in resource support for the Delta Society, an international nonprofit that matches the disabled with professionally trained animals.
Under Americans with Disabilities Act guidelines, a dog is considered a service dog if it has been "individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of a person with a disability."
This fear of a dogs natural tendency to attack and challenge other dogs has been cited by Guide Horse users as a reason for preferring the more docile horses. Every Guide Horse is acclimated to large and small dogs during training, and handlers are trained to carry and use pocket mace to repel any truant dogs who might interfere with their Guide Horse.
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