Wisconsin City: No, a Kangaroo Is Not a Service Animal

May we suggest a nice dog?
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 17, 2015 12:26 PM CDT
Wisconsin City: No, a Kangaroo Is Not a Service Animal
Not a service animal.   (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

Officials have changed a southeastern Wisconsin city's rules on service animals after a woman took a baby kangaroo into a McDonald's restaurant. The Beaver Dam Daily Citizen reports the city's Common Council voted 14-0 Monday night to define a service animal as a dog or miniature horse, but not a kangaroo. Police can cite people who try to use other animals.

Beaver Dam police say the woman wrapped the baby kangaroo in a blanket and tucked it in an infant car seat, then took it inside a McDonald's in February. The woman has said the kangaroo is a therapy animal to help her cope with emotional distress, but the Daily Citizen notes that she wouldn't disclose the name of the physician who authorized the 'roo. City Attorney Maryann Schacht says the changes comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act. (More kangaroo stories.)

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