Woman Sues After Giant Breed Service Dog Denied Access To Bus and Subway in NYC

January 10th, 2009 by Dan

Service dogs come in all shapes and sizes and Estelle Stamm’s 120 lb psychiatric service dog, Wargas, an Anatolian Shepherd, is a perfect example of this. However Estelle has now filed a lawsuit against the NYC Transit system for a whopping $10,000, claiming that Wargas was denied access to the subway and bus. She has received a ticket from police after the dog was brought into a subway station and has even been threatened by passengers for causing a delay when riding the bus.

Stamm suffers from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and hearing loss and Wargas accompanies her everywhere she goes. She says that he aids her with issues of “extreme fear of danger, severe depression and confusion”. In disallowing the dog on the vehicles, Stamm says that her rights under the Americans with Disabilities and Rehabilitation Act were violated. She says, “I don’t have a choice. I need my dog. And they (NYC Transit) don’t have a choice, either. They have to follow the law”.

Lawyers for NYC transit are arguing that Estelle is not actually disabled and that the giant dog could actually pose a threat to the public. They have used some of Stamm’s own posts on Internet websites where she discusses the inherent nature of canines bred to guard livestock. She referred to the Anatolian Shepherd as having “tremendous killing power” in one post.

In the lawsuit, Stamm not only seeks large monetary damages, but also seeks retraining for NYC Transit employees on how to deal with service animals.

Thanks to Saydrah at Disaboom.com for always keeping us up to date on the latest Service Dog news!

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One Response to “Woman Sues After Giant Breed Service Dog Denied Access To Bus and Subway in NYC”

  1. Wendsong Says:

    Any follow-up to this?

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