Re: Dogs and common facilities
From: Elizabeth Magill (
Date: Thu, 3 Oct 2019 09:27:54 -0700 (PDT)
I'll say that the difference for *me* between service dogs and other dogs
is this--
With a service dog we are comparing too different accessibilty issues--my
allergies vs another person's ability to be guided
I'm willing to accept that I'll be limited in my use so that another person
can have access.

For a pet, I'm not so inclined to let a person's love of their pet outway
my physical needs.

Mosaic Commons in Berlin, MA

On Thu, Oct 3, 2019 at 11:28 AM Virgil Huston <virgil.huston1955 [at]>

> With allergies in particular, and service dogs are allowed by law,
> this seems to present such a contradictory approach. Yes, I know it is
> based on law. In addition, dogs in a food service establishment is
> very much over regulated in the US compared to many other countries
> because they are actually no threat as long as they are behaved. So,
> if service dogs are allowed, what does that do to the people with
> allergies? And, if service dogs are allowed, why not others?
> On Thu, Oct 3, 2019 at 11:19 AM Dick Margulis <dick [at]> wrote:
> >
> > Well, if your local health department has declared that your common
> > house is a food service establishment, as ours has, to our dismay, the
> > decision is taken out of your hands. Certified service animals only.
> > Ever. Period. End of discussion.
> >
> >
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(The Rev. Dr.) Elizabeth Mae Magill
Pastor, Ashburnham Community Church
Minister to the Affiliates, Ecclesia Ministries

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