Service dogs questioned in spite of new Tenn. law

By: AP
By: AP

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee law changed to make it easier for people who use service dogs to travel around.

But in spite of the new law put in place last year, many blind and other disabled Tennesseans find themselves being illegally questioned or forced to leave whenever they try to shop, go to restaurants or patronize businesses.

The new law ends a requirement that forced disabled people to produce documents about their dogs or their disability when they patronize businesses.

Disability advocates say that many businesses simply don't know that the law has changed. As a result, advocates say they are hearing multiple complaints from disabled people, including one where a man and his service dog were asked to leave a funeral home.

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