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Navy veteran’s service dog expelled from UNT

Navy veteran’s service dog expelled from UNT

November 15
22:26 2016

UNT psychology student Tawan Throngkumpola received a shock recently when the university informed him in a letter that his service dog, Callie, is no longer allowed on campus.

According to the letter, his service dog is “a direct threat to the campus community.” Throngkumpola acquired a number of citations including barking, lunging at students and faculty, class disruptions and physical harm. The letter stated that his service dog bit the office of disability accommodation director on his hand and heels.

Throngkumpola, who served 12 years in the Navy, needs his service dog by his side at all times. Throngkumpola survived three IED blasts and had three extensive brain injuries. Callie reminds him when he needs to take his anti-seizure medication. She also helps Throngkumpola remain calm.

“The thing I’m just asking is understanding,” Throngkumpola said in an interview with the Dallas Morning News. “Disruption to class and everything, we’ve been working on that with her trainer.”

Throngkumpola said Callie’s dog trainer is currently in town to help refresh her memory, as she can get defensive when it comes to other people around Throngkumpola.

Until he can get this issue with the university resolved, however, Throngkumpola is looking for somewhere to stay. He is currently staying in a hotel near campus thanks to a local non-profit organization, but can only stay until Friday.

In addition, Throngkumpola is faced with possibly having to drop out of the university.

“Myself and Callie, we got, you know, a few days to try to find a place to live really quick,” Throngkumpola added in his interview.

The NT Daily has reached out to Throngkumpola for comment.

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  1. Blackdog
    Blackdog November 16, 01:58

    Really? He was shocked? Why is this even news? A service dog is only a service dog when it acts like a service dog. The second it stops acting like a service dog it becomes just like any other dog, bad behavior will result in you being asked to remove your dog. Service dogs have no rights, dogs have no rights, people have rights. Disabled people have rights, not more rights, the same rights as anyone else, that’s what the ADA is basically about. People with disabilities are allowed to use and given reasonable accommodation for medical equipment, a cane, a wheelchair, a trained dog, etc. That doesn’t mean you can carry a 6 ft. spear around in public because you use it as a cane. You can’t ride a 4-wheeler into a restaurant saying its your wheelchair. You can’t walk around with a badly trained dog and call it a service dog. It is what it is, just a badly trained dog. Note that no one is saying this man is not being allowed to attend classes or live on campus, as per ADA you can demand that a disruptive dog be removed but still must offer the same service’s to the person.

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  2. Windchyme
    Windchyme November 16, 08:14

    I’m sorry, that is not a legal service dog. It is at best a service dog in training and if it is being aggressive it needs not to be in public until that is totally resolved. Thank you to UNT for following the law and banning a dog that is out of control for the safety of people and other service dogs. Just because you are a veteran doesn’t mean you get to break the law or fake a service dog.

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  3. Ted
    Ted November 16, 10:49

    This is a typical example of phony service dog. It is why we NEED a national standardized testing of BOTH service and therapy dogs and photo ID of owner and dog issued for legit ones. The ID would also explain briefly what each is allowed and not allowed by law.

    At best he has a “therapy” dog who has no more training than an average pet. They have killed and destroyed several honest service dogs and guide dogs for the blind this year alone. Scammers run out and get puppies they “will train themselves” to be a “therapy dog” so they can force an apartment to accept a dog they seldom train and rarely clean up after.

    An honest service dog is professionally trained for a good 2 YEARS BEFORE they are ever matched with a potential owner. That 2 years includes extensive socialization, basic behavior training and advanced special needs training. It is NOT something people can adequately do themselves or with your local Acme dog trainer.

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