As it is worded now, the only service puppies in training that will be allowed public access in the state will be those that will be trained for visual impairments and physical disabilities. Dogs in training for mental disabilities are NOT included in this. If this isn't statewide discrimination I don't know what is. My good friends at Tail Waggin Training Center in Levant, Maine will be severely affected by this as their specialty is training dogs to assist children with Autism. This LD just gets more and more complicated the more work we do on it. We get a stab in the back by one of our Task Force members who instead of informing us she had problems with it way back when we were going to submit the report in January brought it up at the last minute at the final hearing. If I have a more than slight problem with my fellow peers who have visual impairments that are involved with this crap over at Pine Tree State Guide Dog Users right now, please forgive me. People with disabilities who have problems with people with different disabilities from their own shouldn't be in a position of providing advocacy, support or information to anyone, including participation in law changing events. AND they should be truly ashamed of themselves. These particular individuals involved in the LD #2285 disaster should be ashamed of their dogs too. I would not like those dogs to represent all service dogs. I noticed at the hearing that a representative complimented my dog and the dog in training lying next to her and not the beasts on the opposite side of the room.
Sorry. I am angry. It is still true though.