Remember a week or so ago when I posted about a woman kicking a service dog in Walmart? Well, she was arrested and charged and will be going to court at some point. Apparently at the police station, when they tried to fingerprint her and stuff, she got aggressive and smacked a cop, so now she is also being charged with assaulting a police officer.
The bad news is that the dog, while he is recovering from his physical injury, now behaves nervously in Walmart and refuses to
go down the aisle where this happened and shies away from strangers
that approach him, especially women of the same ethnicity as the woman
that kicked him. His owner has scheduled an appointment with an animal
behaviorist, but the dog may end up having to retire.
understand how devastating that would be? It could be more than a year
before the owner could get another service dog. I don't know about her
finances, but it's possible should can't afford two dogs, which would
mean in order to get another service dog, the current dog would have to
be re-homed. I don't know what the maximum penalty the kicking woman
can get, but I'm betting it's not nearly severe enough for all that.