Therapy dog attacks mounted policeman's horse
Here is another reason:
Pit Bull "Service-Dog" Kicked Off American River College Campus
Sacramento, CA - American River College kicked a pit bull "seizure alert" dog off its campus. The pit bull had reportedly been aggressive with other dogs and the animal did not have a service dog certification. We'd like to point out that since 2005, pit bulls have killed at least 3 people with seizure disorders. In each case, the unwitnessed seizure was offered as the reason for the fatal attack. These victims include: Kelli Chapman, Brandon Coleman and Lorinze Reddings.
"A woman and the animal she calls her service dog were kicked off of the American River College campus over fears that the dog, a pit bull, is a threat to students. Pit bull Sebastian is Vannase Cary's constant companion, and provides both protection and a half-hour warning before she suffers an epileptic seizure. Vannase loves him, but teachers and staff at American River College don't feel the same way.-I have to say, it does seem as though more and more "pit bull service dogs" are getting kicked out of various places (stores, restaurants, etc) because they are either aggressive, or reactive, or frankly, people just don't want to be in the same room with your pit bull. They have their reasons, and I can't argue with them. The pit bull controversy and "debate" continues whether or not all pit bulls have the tendency to be aggressive, but the fact is, there is definitely a stigma attached to them that you just can't deny. If you ever watch the news or read the papers, I don't think you can go a whole entire month without seeing the evidence of a vicious pit bull attack, in which some poor infant, child, adult, or someone's pet has been brutally mauled or even killed. Sad, but true.
He's reactive," said ARC counselor Jennifer Scalzi. "He's been aggressive with other dogs." Vannase says she's heartbroken that Sebastian was banned from campus, "even though he's been certified through the county as a service animal," she said. However, campus counselors say they weren't able to find any certification for Sebastian. CBS13 contacted Sacramento County officials, who said there's no county agency that regulates service dogs.
"There is no group that will certify a bully breed," Vannase said, but pointed out the pit bull's animal tag and regulatory number. The tag only means that Sebastian is a licensed dog in the county -- he's never even had any training as a service dog. "There's always the possibility of getting her a real, certified service dog she can bring on campus," Scalzi said. Until then, Vannase has a choice: class or Sebastian." (dogs bite.org)
The ADA does not discriminate on what breed you choose for your service dog, but I can say that I certainly wouldn't recommend using the one type of dog that has the longest rap sheet for aggressive and vicious attacks on children, and other pets. It just makes good sense to choose the type of dog with a good, sound, gentle temperament.
Some other "service dog/therapy dog" attacks and mishaps....
"Service Dog" Rottweiler attacks little girl at Mall
Boy Killed by Soldier's PTSD Service Dog
Cancer Kid's Service Dog Banished After Attack
This one just BLOWS my mind! Steven Woods and his "service dog" Mimi