A dog, a horse, and a parrot walk into a bar. Which one gets thrown out?
Only the parrot, under HB 1728, which the legislature approved and the governor signed.
Apparently this little-known public policy issue arose after customers in various food establishments insisted their ferrets, parrots, monkeys, full-size horses, snakes and lizards (lizards? seriously?) were service animals.
The bill requires food establishments to
“…make reasonable modifications to permit the use of a miniature horse by an individual with a disability, as long as the horse has been individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of the individual with a disability.”
Perhaps you were surprised, as I was, to learn that miniature horses can be service animals. Apparently, trained equines, such as “Earl” pictured here, are very useful for their abilities to pull and to guide. Now you know.