Turbo K9 Oviedo, FL 2/8/2012 6:29:21 PM McDonald's turned away a Therapy dog. Certified or not, a therapy dog is NOT a service dog. The legal definition of a service dog as covered by the ADA states that Service animal means any dog that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability, including a physical, sensory, psychiatric, intellectual, or other mental disability. The work or tasks performed by a service animal must be directly related to the handler´s disability. A therapy dog that goes to nursing homes and hospitals must be calm and obedient, but it is not trained to perform a task for alleviate the HANDLER's disability. There is also NO legitimate sanctioning body for certification of service or therapy dogs. Anyone can order a 'certificate' off the internet. They are not controlled. There is a reason why only service dogs are to be allowed into certain establishments. Ask anyone with severe allergies. Sorry, but 'Pit Bull' or not, McDonald's was well within it's rights. Too many people illegally take advantage of the laxity in the ADA regarding service animals already. Don't encourage more of it. Rather, encourage responsible ownership, and follow the dang rules!