SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (CN) – Wal-Mart, local health officials and Cox Health Systems discriminated against a woman and her monkey named Richard, Debby Rose claims in Greene County Court. Rose says the monkey helps her with a social anxiety disorder that causes her to have panic attacks in public.
Rose says local heath officials sent letters to area businesses advising them not to let Rose in with Richard, and says she was denied access to Cox Health Systems facilities.
She claims the Springfield-Greene County Health Department lacks the authority to decide that Richard is not a service animal covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act.