US fed­eral judge to de­cide on soror­ity dog dis­pute

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CO LUMBUS: A fed­eral judge is de­cid­ing whether a dog trained to help an Ohio State Univer­sity stu­dent dur­ing panic at­tacks can stay at her soror­ity house de­spite an­other stu­dent’s al­lergy.

The Colum­bus Dis­patch re­ports the univer­sity or­dered Madeleine En­tine to re­move her dog, Cory, from the Chi Omega soror­ity house be­cause an­other res­i­dent, Carly Gold­man, com­plained that the dog in­flamed her al­ler­gies and, in turn, her Crohn’s dis­ease.

A school of­fi­cial de­ter­mined that both stu­dents were pro­tected un­der the Amer­i­cans with Dis­abil­i­ties Act and the only solution was to al­low Gold­man to stay be­cause she signed up for her room first.

En­tine filed a tem­po­rary re­strain­ing or­der against the univer­sity on Oct 26. US Dis­trict Judge Algenon Mar­b­ley is weigh­ing whether to is­sue a per­ma­nent in­junc­tion al­low­ing her and the dog to stay.

Gold­man told the judge at a hear­ing last month that the dog’s pres­ence ag­gra­vated di­ges­tive is­sues that left her ill for weeks.

The dog is not al­lowed on the floor where Gold­man lives, but she said other peo­ple some­times trans­fer its hair and dan­der.

En­tine says she suf­fers from panic at­tacks that make it dif­fi­cult to breathe and some­times ren­der her im­mo­bile. — AP

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