Letters

Tighten Dog Laws

Jun 13, 2018

To the Editor:

A few weeks ago while in ShopRite in Manahawkin I saw a couple in the produce section with their dog on a leash. The dog was pooping on the floor and looked very uncomfortable as the owners went around him in a circle, trying to scoop it up with a produce bag.

I approached the couple and asked them if this was a service dog, to which they looked at each other and replied “yes!” I said that I highly doubt a trained, true service dog would be pooping in a grocery store.

I then told a manager what I saw and he told me that management is not allowed by law to even ask if an animal brought into the store is indeed a service animal. Wow! This was near food being prepared, food sitting out and an area where people are eating food. I think that people are abusing this law and making it bad for people who truly need a service animal to assist them.

Obviously this couple did not want to take the time to bring their animal home or at least have one of them stay outside and perhaps take the poor dog for a walk. They should be ashamed of themselves.

These laws definitely need to be changed. You should be required to have an identification harness on your pets, proving that they have done the required training to be inside a store, especially a store with food.

Gwen Wasilewski

Barnegat Light

 

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