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Flap Over Untrained Service Dog Ends Quietly
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
October 8, 2002

ASHLAND, MASSACHUSETTS--The MetroWest Daily News ran a brief story Saturday about a misunderstanding over a service dog in-training at a Chinese food restaurant.

Police were called Friday to China Ting restaurant after two women stopped there to eat lunch at about 1 p.m. One woman had a dog that was being trained as a service animal.

According to Sgt. Scott Rohmer, trained service dogs and their handlers are allowed by law into any public building. But if the handler does not need the dog's services inside the building, the decision lies with the business owner, Rohmer said.

"Nobody said she can or cannot eat here," said Jimmy Ge, a waiter at China Ting.

The waiter talked to the women and said he was not sure whether the untrained dog was allowed inside. He then called the manager at home to get authorization.

In the meantime, the women decided to go somewhere else to eat.

The article did not mention who called the police in to investigate.

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