City bars kangaroos as service animals after woman takes one into McDonald's; mini horses OK

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 Beaver Dam Daily Citizen reports 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 Diana Moyer wrapped the baby kangaroo named Jimmy 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.

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

Information from: Daily Citizen, http://www.wiscnews.com/bdc
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