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City changes its laws just to stop a woman bringing her kangaroo to McDonald's

Bit harsh, no?

Australia Dangerous Kangaroos File photo of a baby kangaroo Source: Associated Press

LOCAL COUNCILLORS IN one American city have changed their laws on service animals, in response to a local woman with a habit of bringing her kangaroo to McDonald’s.

The Common Council in the town of Beaver Dam, Wisconsin unanimously voted to allow those with a medically-certified disability to bring only dogs and “miniature horses” to pubs, restaurants, and other public places, the Daily Citizen reports.

Last month, City Attorney Maryann Schacht told the council the rule change was a reaction to a local woman who had claimed she needed her kangaroo to help her cope with emotional distress.

Beaver Dam police say the woman wrapped the baby kangaroo in a blanket, tucked it in an child’s car seat, then took it inside a McDonald’s in February.

According to the Americans with Disabilities Act, an animal has to have special training in order to be considered a service animal, and can’t simply be of comfort to a person trying to bring it into public places.

Contains reporting by the Associated Press.

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