Comments on McDonald's Upsets Pit Bull Lovers

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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
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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!

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jody   cincinnati, OH

2/8/2012 3:47:18 PM

?8001 members now. stop exploiting pit bulls. fire your marketing rep. i just found out in the comments below that you also turned away a therapy dog because it was a pit. shame on mcdonald's and an apology is not acceptable. humble yourself and donate to an animal shelter....dig deep...boycott

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Sara   long island city, NY

2/8/2012 3:32:19 PM

McDonald's should donate a nice lump sum of cash to no kill shelters worldwide. They sure can afford to, this slip up is really stupid on their part, being a lot of pitbull owners eat there, also.... to make a big statement people should just boycott them, the food is crap anyway.

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Stacey   Tucson, AZ

2/7/2012 3:03:03 PM

Really I think McDonald's is going crazy.Really turning away a service dog!

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Julie   Vandergrift, PA

2/7/2012 1:07:43 PM

McDonald's turned away a CERTIFIED THERAPY dog because it was a Pit Bull??? REALLY???? Wow maybe they ate a few too many of their own burgers and got grease on the brain!!!! Shame on McDonalds! AGAIN!

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Judy   Oak Lawn, IL

2/7/2012 6:16:05 AM

Where are their brains. Surely, someone on their staff knows the bad rap pitbulls get. They have really stooped to an all time low. I'll go hungry before I eat or drink anything from McDonald's. They need to do more than an apology----like donate a few tens of thousands to animal welfare & rescue to improve their image in the animal loving community

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Ellen   Madison, WI

2/7/2012 5:57:00 AM

I think the fact that they point out that the stray is a pit bull is a little much. "Petting a stray dog" would be more appropriate, instead of reinforcing the pit bull stereotype.

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Rachel   Astoria, OR

2/6/2012 11:00:32 PM

I have multiple pit bulls and have had several before the ones I have now. I'd trust my life in the paws of my pitties over the hands of McDonald's super processed food ANY day.

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Galadriel   Lothlorien, ME

2/6/2012 10:39:08 PM

Pit Bulls get such a bad rap. People used to think the same about Rottweilers and Dobermans and even Alsatians! I hope their good name becomes more known soon! They are sweet and intelligent dogs!

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