Dog Seen as Threat
Sacramento, CA - American River College kicked a pit bull "seizure alert" dog off its campus. The pit bull had reportedly been aggressive with other dogs and the animal did not have a service dog certification. We'd like to point out that since 2005, pit bulls have killed at least 3 people with seizure disorders. In each case, the unwitnessed seizure was offered as the reason for the fatal attack. These victims include: Kelli Chapman, Brandon Coleman and Lorinze Reddings.
"A woman and the animal she calls her service dog were kicked off of the American River College campus over fears that the dog, a pit bull, is a threat to students. Pit bull Sebastian is Vannase Cary's constant companion, and provides both protection and a half-hour warning before she suffers an epileptic seizure. Vannase loves him, but teachers and staff at American River College don't feel the same way.
He's reactive," said ARC counselor Jennifer Scalzi. "He's been aggressive with other dogs." Vannase says she's heartbroken that Sebastian was banned from campus, "even though he's been certified through the county as a service animal," she said. However, campus counselors say they weren't able to find any certification for Sebastian. CBS13 contacted Sacramento County officials, who said there's no county agency that regulates service dogs.
"There is no group that will certify a bully breed," Vannase said, but pointed out the pit bull's animal tag and regulatory number. The tag only means that Sebastian is a licensed dog in the county -- he's never even had any training as a service dog. "There's always the possibility of getting her a real, certified service dog she can bring on campus," Scalzi said. Until then, Vannase has a choice: class or Sebastian."
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