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Council Moves Toward Equal Rights For Guide Dogs

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By Peter Granitz

The D.C. Council could move one step closer to granting guide dogs in training the same rights as service animals.

Disabled people and their guide dogs can eat in restaurants, travel on Metro and use all the services the rest of the population does. If this bill passes the Council, the people who train those dogs special skills will be able to do the same.

Council Member Phil Mendelson says the plan just makes sense. He chairs the public safety committee, which unanimously passed the measure.

"For a service animal to be fully competent it has to be trained," he says. "And how do they get trained unless they get socialized and have access to the same places when they're fully trained?"

He said the council could take a final vote as soon as this month.

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