On Saturday, Little Tadesse was supposedly asked to leave a San Francisco cable cars and truck with his pit bull service canine Rosie, due to the fact that the operator of the trolley did not feel safe in the canine’s existence. The event was captured on video and posted to Facebook, where it has actually been supervised 900,000 times.
In the clip, a San Francisco Police Department officer and San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) supervisor are purportedly shown asking Tadesse to leave the cable television vehicle with his dog.
Paul Rose, a spokesperson for the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, informed the San Francisco Examiner that the operator “did not feel safe,” and asked Tadesse and Rosie to move inside the cable television automobile, not off of it.
” At no point was service rejected,” he added.
Gina Tomaselli, a lawyer who recorded the viral Facebook video, states in a different way.
” Cop firmly insists that this man leave the cable television car (run by SFMTA) because, according to the pet dog owner, the chauffeur is afraid of his pit bull service pet dog– and declined to operate the cable automobile unless the pet dog owner left the car– after he presented written paperwork of the pet dog’s status,” she composed on the Facebook post of the video.
Tadesse also maintains the chauffeur refused to run the trolley till he left, and told the Examiner that he can think about 20 more events where he and Rosie, a psychological support animal, were rejected service by SFMTA.
Rose likewise informed the Examiner, “We understand that some riders need service animals to reach their location and we wish to ensure they can do that safely. The operators of any car have the responsibility of keeping their travelers safe and the guidelines are that every pet dog needs to be muzzled and leashed if they are not a qualified service animal. This canine was neither.”
According to federal and California state law and its broad definition of service animals, emotional assistance animals certify as service animals and are permitted to accompany their owners on SFMTA transport without a muzzle or leash. The SFMTA policy guideline on service animals on cable television cars specifies that riders are enabled to ride with their service animals on their lap, as long as they are sitting on the exterior of the car, which is how Tadesse was supposedly sitting at the time of the occurrence.
Tadesse, who is a political refugee that escaped violence in Ethiopia and concerned America at the age of 12, got Rosie after suffering a motorbike mishap in 2013.
After seeing the video, many animal enthusiasts are speaking out, outraged that Tadesse and Rosie, who is revealed sitting calmly throughout the clip, were rejected service entirely based on the chauffeur’s sensation about the pit bull.
” I put my face versus the canine. The pet dog licked my hand,” Tomaselli, who has two pit bulls of her own, told KGO about Rosie’s behavior. “She was just very relaxed and he simply wished to ride the cable television cars and truck.”
Tadesse has actually submitted a complaint with the Mayor’s Office of Disability, something he states he has done previously, and is planning legal action. SFMTA is still investigating the occurrence.
The operators of any vehicle have the responsibility of keeping their passengers safe and the rules are that every pet dog should be muzzled and leashed if they are not a trained service animal.” I put my face against the pet dog. The pet dog licked my hand,” Tomaselli, who has two pit bulls of her own, informed KGO about Rosie’s habits.
MORE: http://www.sfexaminer.com/man-says-service-dog-frequently-kicked-off-muni/UPDATE: http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2016/10/31/video-man-with-pitbull-service-dog-allegedly-kicked-off-cable-car-because-driver-is-afraid/UPDATE: http://abc7news.com/1582854/SFMTA admits this was all about the driver's clearly irrational fear and nothing else. UPDATE: tune in today and tomorrow as there should be updates in print and on TV about this issue, including interviews with me (today 5 pm ABC and 11 pm CBS) and the passenger.Cop insists that this man get off the cable car (run by SFMTA) because, according to the dog owner, the driver is afraid of his pitbull service dog — and refused to operate the cable car unless the dog owner got off the car — even after he presented written documentation of the dog's status. The cop appeared to be issuing the man a citation when I was leaving. Not featured in the video is the cop grabbing my arm and forcing me to move as I was speaking with the man, after I had already moved out of traffic. UPDATE: I spoke to the passenger. He was not issued a citation but the cop threatened him with one. Apparently this has been a systemic ongoing problem with SFMTA, and not just cable cars, and the police. (California street in San Francisco, CA, 10-29-16, 1:15 p.m.) NOTE: there have some really inappropriate comments here. Anger and outrage is understandable. Threats of violence and extreme profanity will be deleted and blocked.
Dikirim oleh Gina Tomaselli pada 29 Oktober 2016