ANTIDEPRESSANT ALTERNATIVES: Service Animals Are Incredible For Depression….With Exceptions!


“He said … it’s my service animal.

And I’m allowed to have it because it helps me with my depression”

Although animals are a great stress reliever and I have always advocated for the use of service animals apparently you need to beware that there are restrictions to that. A service boa constrictor brought into a restaurant in Missouri was not much of a stress reliever for all of the other patrons at this Missouri restaurant. LOL!

Come to think of it though …. most everyone I know who has had to deal with the adverse effects and after effects of the antidepressants and benzos given for depression would far rather have taken their chances with a boa constrictor than to go through what they have on these deadly and highly addictive drugs!

ORIGINAL ARTICLE: Couple rattles diner’s nerves with snake ‘service animal’

The Missouri couple said the reptile was their service animal.

MISSOURI — Snake wasn’t on the menu of a Missouri restaurant, but that’s what patrons got — along with a side of rattled nerves

A reptile, thought to be a boa constrictor, was brought into an eatery in Nixa this week, sending some fleeing.

Lisa Loeffelholz told CNN affiliate KYTV that she spotted a couple holding the snake and “it started to slither down into the booth behind her.”

That’s when Loeffelholz says she notified the restaurant manager — who said the couple insisted the snake was a “service animal” and the restaurant should allow it to stay.

The Missouri couple said the reptile was their service animal.

But just the sight of the woman apparently pulling the animal and then handing it over to the man at the table was enough to make Loeffelholz confront the snake handlers about their slippery excuse.

“He said … it’s my service animal. And I’m allowed to have it because it helps me with my depression,” she told the affiliate.

The snake may have had a calming effect on the couple … but by no means can it legally be deemed a “service animal.”

The American with Disabilities Act states “only dogs are recognized as service animals.”

And if the snake posed a concern for public safety, then patrons could have notified police or animal control, according to Nixa city’s communications director, Jill Finney.

“Management didn’t know what to do, because they didn’t want to violate anybody’s rights, and that’s understandable,” Finney told the affiliate.

Ann Blake Tracy, Executive Director,

International Coalition for Drug Awareness & ssristories.NET
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