Ashland Council Allows Dogs in Shelters
The Ashland City Council voted last week to allow leashed dogs in the city’s homeless shelter when it opens in November.
The First Presbyterian and Trinity Episcopal churches have provided a homeless shelter one night per week and have allowed dogs with no serious incidents, however some city officials are concerned about liability issues.
Councilors had debated keeping the dogs in crates, but felt that requirement would create problems for service dogs, which by law, are exempt from crating. Additional problems arise from determining which dogs are actual service dogs, because laws limit their ability to question people about claimed disabilities.
The combined efforts of the Ashland Council and faith based groups means the homeless can find shelter three nights a week in Ashland from November of this year to April of next.