Service Dog Was Not Allowed In Theater, Woman Claims
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
February 9, 2005
SCHAUMBURG, ILLINOIS--When Sondra Karney tried to go to a movie with her husband last October, she was stopped by security guards who informed her that she could not go inside -- not with her service dog, anyway.
Karney, who has cerebral palsy, had purchased tickets to see "Shall We Dance". She said she liked going to the Loews movie theater because they are generally accessible to movie goers with disabilities.
But the guards said her mastiff, Little Monster, could not go in, she told the Chicago Sun-Times.
Even though Karney presented them with her identification and a copy of federal and state laws regarding service animals, the guards and the manager insisted she leave.
Last Friday, Karney filed a federal discrimination lawsuit claiming Loews Cineplex Entertainment Corp. violated her rights under the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act. The suit reportedly seeks a permanent injunction to make sure such restrictions on service animals are removed.
"All I wanted to do was go to a movie on a Saturday night with my husband," Karney said. "It shouldn't have to be this difficult."
Karney explained that she is suing in part to educate the public about the laws as they pertain to service animals in public places.
"Suit says helper dog barred from theater" (Chicago Sun-Times)