No, a Kangaroo Doesn't Count as a Service Animal in This Wisc. City
A Wisconsin city council has unanimously decided that a kangaroo doesn’t count as a service animal.
In a 14-0 vote, the Beaver Dam Common Council agreed that a service animal can be defined as a dog or miniature horse, but not as a kangaroo.
The ruling came after a woman took a baby kangaroo into a McDonald’s and claimed that it was her therapy animal.
Authorities say the woman wrapped the animal in a blanket and then put it in a car seat before entering the fast food restaurant.
City attorney Maryann Schacht said that the amended ordinance on service animals is in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
The ADA defines a service animal as a dog—or in some instances a miniature horse—that has specific training to help a person with a disability. Furthermore, the service animal is not a pet because it has special training to provide the aid.
The act also describes appropriate uses of a service animal with some examples of such guiding a blind person, alerting someone who is deaf and calming a person during an anxiety attack.