Keep my Half Pitbull Half Lab PTSD service dog by my side!
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7 years ago my life changed requiring me to start attending mental health counseling. I ended up studying and learning about service animals which led me to acquiring my now 3 year old 1/2 lab and 1/2 Pit bull PTSD service dog. I have trained her relentlessly since she was 5 weeks old. Hazel is able to help me through a multitude of daily task as well as helping me regain my freedom in a public setting. Hazel is more than just a service animal, she has given me the confidence to be able to be the best mother I could possibly be to our 6 daughters. We recently moved to Fort Polk, LA since my husband is active duty Army. I took on the necessary paperwork to get Hazel approved to live with us in on post housing prior to our PCS. After 7 months of living here I am notified that Hazel is no longer welcome on this post. I am told that the base does not have to abide by the ADA laws and the FHA laws which discuss that discrimination against the BREED, age, and gender of the service dog is not allowed. I am desperate to keep Hazel apart of our family even though I have been told by base representatives that I can always get a new service dog or move off post. Let me note that Hazel is NOT an emotional support animal and is INDEED a task trained service animal which DOES entitle her to protection under the ADA and FHA as well as HUD. Military bases are not exempt from providing this protection. I am also NOT active duty, these are my civil rights and I have a defined disability. Hazel has not been a problem here on this post for the past 7 months and she will continue to remain under full control by her handler! Please help keep Hazel apart of our family by signing this petition which I plan on getting to the Garrison Commander! Thank You!
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