Leaping Lizards! But Not In My Hospital

Aug. 6, 2018, 7:09 PM

Health-care providers have a request for patients and guests: Please leave your lemurs, lizards, and pot-bellied pigs at home.

Federal law requires providers to allow services animals, narrowly defined as dogs and miniature horses, to accompany patients with disabilities. No law, however, mandates they allow other types of pets, even when they are certified as comfort or emotional support animals.

Airlines have been dealing with questions about comfort animals for several years because they allow these animals to fly for free. The issue came to a head in late spring, following passenger gripes about exotic animals sharing crowded cabins. American ...

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