As we prepare for Memorial Day weekend, this local story is troublesome.

Rockford retired U.S. Army Veteran Cesar E. Ordonez, travels with a service dog. Recently he was in Broadway Liquor, and was told to take his dog and leave. If you are not sure what exactly a Service Dog is, Service animals are defined as dogs that are individually trained to do work or perform tasks for people with disabilities.

Here is the specific law about allowing service dogs into a business that comes from the U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division, Disability Rights Section.

Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), privately owned businesses that serve the public, such as restaurants, hotels, retail stores, taxicabs, theaters, concert halls, and sports facilities, are prohibited from discriminating against individuals with disabilities. The ADA requires these businesses to allow people with disabilities to bring their service animals onto business premises in whatever areas customers are generally allowed.


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