Saturday, August 1, 2009

Service Dog Turned Away

A deaf teenager was refused service at a restaurant in St. Augustine, Florida because of hear service dog. Sonny's Real Pit Bar-B-Q turned away 17-year-old Sadie Sterry who was going out to eat with her mother, brother and friends. The Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind senior owns a Chihuahua-Pomeranian mix named Foxy. But a server said the dog would not be allowed in the restaurant with "legal documentation". Sterry says Florida doesn’t have legal documentation. Through a lawyer, she’s asking for mediation, employee training and an apology. The restaurant chain has yet to respond to a complaint filed with the Florida Commission on Human Relations.