Friday, August 15, 2008

Gyno the ferret won't get a bus pass

According to a story in the Ottawa Citizen, Gyno the ferret (read the background in a post from last month) will not be re-issued his service-animal bus pass from OC Transpo. From the Citizen story:
"In the specific case of Ms. Woodard's ferrets, none of them have been trained for the purpose of being a service animal as per the provisions of the [transit] bylaw," reads the memo, which was sent Wednesday by Nancy Schepers and is on the agenda for the Aug. 20 meeting of city council's transit committee.
I'm not really sure where I stand on this issue, personally. I suppose I agree that the ferret should require training to be certified as a recognized service animal, even if it is an animal that provides a service to its owner.

Any readers have thoughts on this issue? Feel free to post them in the 'comments' section.

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