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No dogs allowed: Hawaii's quarantine law violates the rights of people with disabilities

By Sande Buhai Pond

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Stephanie is a visually-impaired Hawaii resident who has used a guide dog (seeing-eye dog) for several years. Her accounting firm temporarily transferred Stephanie, a CPA with expertise in mergers and acquisitions, to New York to assist a client in a multi-million dollar transaction, placing her in an impossible position: If she takes her guide dog to New York, she will have to put it in quarantine when she returns; if she goes to New York without her guide dog, she must rely on others for aid in maneuvering through the unfamiliar surroundings. Either way, Stephanie will be unable to function in her usual independent manner.

Vernon, a visually-impaired resident of California, also uses a guide dog. Vernon's friend has offered him a free apartment in Maui for two months. Unfortunately, Vernon cannot travel to Hawaii unless he either leaves his dog in California, where it will lose its training, or brings it with him where it will stay in mandatory quarantine on the island of Oahu for the entire duration of his stay. Both options eliminate his ability to travel safely and affect his independence.


Megan Kendall

Purdue University

Date 1995
Publication Title Loyola of Los Angeles Law Review
Volume 29
Issue 145
Pages 145-202
Publisher Loyola Marymount University and Loyola Law School
Language English
Notes This article was found at Digital Commons at Loyola Marymount University and Loyola Law School:
Additional Language English
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  1. Animal-assisted activities
  2. Animal-assisted therapies
  3. Animals in culture
  4. Animal welfare
  5. Disabilities
  6. Guide dogs
  7. Hawaii
  8. Health
  9. Physical environment
  10. Public health
  11. Quarantine
  12. Visual Impairments