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FIREWORKS: Noise can hurt service dogs

Letter by Cheryl D. Kopec, Tacoma on Jan. 3, 2012 at 12:00 pm | 11 Comments »
January 3, 2012 12:07 pm

I wish those who delight in setting off illegal fireworks within the city limits would spare a thought for the disabled among us who have service dogs.

If a service dog is traumatized, it can take a long time to rehabilitate it, during which time the disabled person is effectively immobilized. It is akin to removing the wheels from someone’s wheelchair.

Do people really have nothing more meaningful to do to mark the beginning of a new year than to set off explosives and traumatize their neighbors?

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