ANCHORAGE, Alaska — A violent incident at the midtown Walmart has raised questions in the community about laws regarding service dogs.
On Saturday, Anchorage police alleged 45-year-old David Pirtle of shooting 33-year-old Jason Mahi, store manager, in the abdomen after a dispute over Pirtle's service dog. Police said Mahi was taken to a local hospital and as of Sunday afternoon was listed in stable condition.
April Merchant, President of Midnight Sun Service Dogs says that even though there are laws in place, in order to prevent situations like the one that occurred yesterday something has to change.
“We need more education for people with service dogs and people without service dogs,” said Merchant. “Our laws need to be clearer for everybody to understand.”
The American's with Disabilities Act (ADA) says businesses must allow service dogs to go every place a human can go, and there is no law requiring a service dog to have a identifying marker, as long as it has a leash and a collar.