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DOG FIGHT: Service Dog Case Heard

A case over the right to use a service dog reached the Iowa Court of Appeals Wednesday.

In 2011 Nicole Shumate sued the Drake Law School after she was repeatedly restricted from having her service dog with her.

Shumate doesn’t use a service dog herself, she trains them for Paws and Effect, an organization that prepares service dogs to help veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.

Members of the organization and those who supported Shumate made their way to the courthouse to have their voices heard.

“I felt really encouraged that so many puppy raisers and so many veterans showed up with their service dogs today to show their support for Ms. Shumate,” says Falicia Bertin Rocha.

The court only heard oral arguments for the case, Tuesday.

It is not known when a ruling will be issued.


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