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Beaver Dam bars use of kangaroos as service animals

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BEAVER DAM, Wis. (AP) - Beaver Dam officials have changed the city's rules on service animals after a woman took a baby kangaroo into a McDonald's restaurant.

The Beaver Dam Daily Citizen reports the city's Common Council voted 14-0 Monday night to define a service animal as a dog or miniature horse, but not a kangaroo. Police can cite people who try to use other animals.

According to police, the woman had the baby kangaroo wrapped in a blanket and tucked in an infant car seat when she took it inside McDonald's in February. The woman has said the kangaroo is a therapy animal to help her cope with emotional distress.

City Attorney Maryann Schacht said changes are in reaction to the woman's actions. She says changes comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act.


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