Wisconsin city bars use of kangaroos as service animals

Published 10:16 am Wednesday, June 17, 2015

BEAVER DAM, Wis. — Officials have changed a southeastern Wisconsin city’s rules on service animals after a woman took a baby kangaroo into a McDonald’s restaurant.

The city’s Common Council voted 14-0 Monday night to define a service animal as a dog or miniature horse, but not a kangaroo. Police can cite people who try to use other animals.

Beaver Dam police say the woman wrapped the baby kangaroo in a blanket and tucked it in an infant car seat, then took it inside a McDonald’s in February. The woman has said the kangaroo is a therapy animal to help her cope with emotional distress.

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City Attorney Maryann Schacht says the changes comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act.