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The Animal Legal and Historical Center at Michigan State University’s College of Law has a great database of laws pertaining to dogs in all 50 states, including Kentucky.  This is one of the few sites we’ve seen that posts this information in a table format, which makes it so much easier to figure out exactly which statutes you’re looking for and how they affect you and your dog.

Please click here for more information.

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I had the TV on and Murphy, who never barks unless Molly barks first,  was sleeping soundly upstairs and all of a sudden he jumped up and went bananas barking and barking.  Molly (who never goes upstairs) immediately ran upstairs and started licking me.  It was definitely a different behavior than “someone’s at the door.”  Then, I realized that on TV, a fire alarm was sounding!   I gave them both lots of big praise.  Just another instance of “my dog is smarter that I am.”   Thanks to Liz for doing fire drills with the dogs almost two years ago!!  I had only practiced at home a couple of times, but never realized they picked up on the sound signal too – I was focused on alerting to smoke smell & flames.

-Kimberly
From M. Schneider, who has been doing a research project to track R.’s blood glucose numbers and determine whether Cooper the diabetes alert service dog is making a difference for R.:

Wanted to let you know that I pulled R’s numbers from the time we got Cooper  up until now.  I would like to share the numbers with you so that you can “prove” that he works.
While R’s A1c is still in 8’s the main thing, that I’d like for you to know is the fact that when Cooper wakes me up at night he is 99.9% correct.  It’s truly amazing!  If anyone doubts what these dogs can do, you’ll have absolute proof.  These numbers are from her pump.
The reason for this study is that I wrote a grant through first Choice Power based on “how does human energy and animal energy affect each other.”  the grant that I wrote specifically spoke to type I Diabetes and Cooper the Service Dog.  I was awarded 2,000. to buy 5 computers for my classroom.  The final report will be complete by May 20.  I’ll send you a copy for you to display there at PUPT if you’re interested.  I am going to reapply for the grant again in April and hopefully we’ll be able to continue the project.

M., we look forward to seeing the numbers and your final report!  Congrats on finding a way to track and prove that Cooper is really working and helping R!  We are grateful that you have taken the time to do this research and track her numbers over time.

Part of having a service dog is knowing how to file a complaint with the local law enforcement officials. This basically means calling the police (non-emergency number) that have jurisdiction in your location (for example, be sure to know when you call city or county police departments) and letting them know you need to file a police report. They will send an officer to the scene and you will have the opportunity to have them record the facts of the situation. This is crucial for the civil court process, because the police report is documentation by a public official and is considered admissible evidence for a court case.

What do you do if the officer is part of the problem? For example, if the officer says that you must leave the public facility that’s trying to deny you entry with your well-behaved service dog, despite all the laws that say otherwise? You will then need to contact the department to file a public complaint against the officer. This link explains the procedures you would follow to file that complaint, if you were dealing with an officer or employee of the Kentucky State Police. This should give you an idea of what to expect if you need to file a complaint with your local law enforcement agency.

It is the policy of the Kentucky State Police that all agency personnel shall, upon request, inform citizens of the specific procedures for registering complaints against the agency or its employees.

In order to make this type of information readily available to members of the communities we serve, this fact sheet provides the necessary steps and information pertinent to filing a complaint. Read More

We were recently contacted by someone who had recently gotten a German Shepherd for a service dog and was told by their insurance company that their homeowners insurance would not cover the dog.  Another scenario is that the insurance premiums are raised significantly, often beyond the means of the homeowner.  Sometimes, the agency will cancel the policy, because they will not insure homes with dogs on their high-risk breeds lists.

This is one of the MANY reasons we do not, will not,  and will not even consider using a guard dog breed for any type of SD work.  Insurance companies won’t let certain breeds of dogs on homeowner insurance even if they are service dogs.  Allstate here in KY won’t.  The company doesn’t care how good it is, how well trained, how many test it passes, what bloodline it is out of, whether it is a show dog, or if it is a Service Dog, therapy dog, or even if the handler is a professional dog trainer… they will not… not open for discussion.  The same goes for German Sheps and Chows, which are at the top of all agency lists for Homeowner.

Please pay attention to the information provided in the following article links, and make sure your homeowner’s insurance covers your dog. Remember, the insurance breed ban lists apply to service dogs, as well!  Please do your research with your insurance agency BEFORE you bring a service dog into your home.

11 dogs that could raise your insurance costs

By Kay Bell • Bankrate.com

Homeowners insurance is going to the dogs

By Jenny C. McCune • Bankrate.com