SAN ANTONIO - Sarah Sevick says her ferret is more than just a pet — the animal is a medical necessity. Sevick, 19, has filed an Americans With Disabilities Act complaint against her school because it won't let her keep the animal in her dormitory. She said she needs the ferret, named Lilly, at Our Lady of the Lake University to calm her during panic attacks.

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Should this girl with post-traumatic stress disorder get to keep her ferret in her dorm room?
SAN ANTONIO - Sarah Sevick says her ferret is more than just a pet — the animal is a medical necessity. Sevick, 19, has filed an Americans With Disabilities Act complaint against her school because it won`t let her keep the animal in her dormitory. She said she needs the ferret, named Lilly, at Our Lady of the Lake University to calm her during panic attacks.

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16 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Friday 10/14/05 - 9:49:09 PM EST (GMT-5)
No, if it's against the rules.
16 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Friday 10/14/05 - 9:53:07 PM EST (GMT-5)
No, she should stay somewhere where ferrets are allowed.
16 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Friday 10/14/05 - 9:54:03 PM EST (GMT-5)
I doubt that that is really the reason, Im guessing that its really because she is attatched to it, and I say yes, let her keep it.
16 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Sunday 10/16/05 - 10:49:43 PM EST (GMT-5)
She probably is attached to it, but that's too bad. Rules are rules.
16 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Sunday 10/16/05 - 11:19:11 PM EST (GMT-5)
On 10/16/2005 10:49:43 PM ang2pang wrote:
She probably is attached to it, but that's too bad. Rules are rules.

I agree. She should move somewhere that she can keep it if it is that serious.

16 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Sunday 10/16/05 - 11:53:49 PM EST (GMT-5)
^^And if they make new rules for one person, they'll have to do the same for others.
16 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Sunday 10/30/05 - 6:18:06 PM EST (GMT-5)
Ferret therapy? Oh, Please.
16 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Sunday 10/30/05 - 6:20:25 PM EST (GMT-5)
If the panic attacks are legitimate, let her keep it. It's hard to find something that calming.
16 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Sunday 10/30/05 - 6:24:20 PM EST (GMT-5)
On 10/30/2005 6:18:07 PM otherpolly wrote:
Ferret therapy? Oh, Please.

My thoughts exactly.

16 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Sunday 10/30/05 - 6:25:54 PM EST (GMT-5)
Actually it wouldn't be making new rules for one person. The ADA gives rights to the disabled to have their service animals with them at all times. I use a service dog for my physical disability, therefore, would be allowed to live in a dorm with my dog...other people use other types of animals, and post-traumatic stress disorder can be quite crippling. The one thing I would question is whether a ferret can be trained to the standards that are required for service animals.

All of that is a bit of a moot point though, because the fair housing act left open a loophole for people with disabilities(including mental)...the wording is more like "if an animal is required for full enjoyment of the person with a disability"...when I should be "if an animal is medically necessary." But until they change that, it would be legal for her to keep the ferret.

16 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Sunday 10/30/05 - 6:39:23 PM EST (GMT-5)
Actually, after thinking about this, the girl really shouldn't be sueing under the ADA, it is clearly a fair housing issue. I found the definition by the fair housing act standards that defines an emotional support animal in a guide for people writing up service animal policies for apartments, dorms, etc, they say "A companion animal or emotional support animal assists people with psychological disabilities. Emotional support animals can help alleviate symptoms such as depression, anxiety, stress and difficulties regarding social interactions, allowing tenants to live independently and fully use and enjoy their living environment. Because service animals provide different types of assistance, a person with a disability may require more than one service animal."
16 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Thursday 11/3/05 - 3:28:45 PM EST (GMT-5)
No
She needs to get a life...
foolishness....

next please

16 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Thursday 11/3/05 - 4:06:29 PM EST (GMT-5)
What a little whiner, she should either get out or keep quiet, rules are rules.
16 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Friday 11/4/05 - 7:21:51 PM EST (GMT-5)
^^try saying that after living with severe PTSD for a while. I don't suffer from it personally, but I do have a friend who practically goes into seizures when she's having an episode...not sure how severe this girls PTSD is, but it can be crippling.
16 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Friday 11/4/05 - 7:34:12 PM EST (GMT-5)
No, she should obey the dorm rules and learn to cope without the animal now. Or does she plan to spend the rest of her life carting the ferret everywhere she goes?
16 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Friday 11/4/05 - 7:42:40 PM EST (GMT-5)
the point of a disability -is- that it is usually life-long...would you tell a person in a wheel chair to "learn to cope" without their service dog?
16 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Thursday 11/10/05 - 11:40:34 AM EST (GMT-5)
No. She needs to find an other method to help calm her attacks. It would be better for her in the long run if she could find something to help her in everyday activities so that she is not stuck on the bus, or doctor's office without her ferret.
16 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Thursday 11/10/05 - 11:44:08 AM EST (GMT-5)
On 11/4/2005 7:21:51 PM ashley723 wrote:
^^try saying that after living with severe PTSD for a while. I don't suffer from it personally, but I do have a friend who practically goes into seizures when she's having an episode...not sure how severe this girls PTSD is, but it can be crippling.

It doesn't matter, I at least know how she feels, I had severe panic attacks for awile when I was younger. You can't bend the rules for something like that though. She should get her own apartment if she wants a pet.
16 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Thursday 11/10/05 - 11:51:02 AM EST (GMT-5)
On 11/10/2005 11:44:08 AM mjsmoose wrote:
On 11/4/2005 7:21:51 PM ashley723 wrote: ^^try saying that after living with severe PTSD for a while. I don't suffer from it personally, but I do have a friend who practically goes into seizures when she's having an episode...not sure how severe this girls PTSD is, but it can be crippling. It doesn't matter, I at least know how she feels, I had severe panic attacks for awile when I was younger. You can't bend the rules for something like that though. She should get her own apartment if she wants a pet.

Exactly! And I can't help but wonder if this would even be a question if she had a more exotic pet, like a cougar or something. LOL! Seriously though, I've had an anxiety related disorder for many years, and I still agree with you completely.

16 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Friday 11/11/05 - 11:33:18 PM EST (GMT-5)
the thing you both forget though is that it isn't bending the rules, the rules for service animals are quite clear...its the dorm that is breaking the rules by not allowing a service animal(although like I said before, I do question whether a ferret can be reliably trained in that manner...but if it is trained, it is covered by the law, end of story)
16 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Thursday 11/17/05 - 11:25:52 PM EST (GMT-5)
I don't see what the problem is with pets in dorms. I got in trouble for a fish freshman year.
16 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Thursday 12/8/05 - 5:05:54 PM EST (GMT-5)
On 10/30/2005 6:20:26 PM GrimSweeper wrote:
If the panic attacks are legitimate, let her keep it. It's hard to find something that calming.

How about morphine?
16 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Thursday 12/8/05 - 5:25:21 PM EST (GMT-5)
I think she should get to keep it.
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16 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Saturday 12/10/05 - 2:23:09 AM EST (GMT-5)
I think everyone should have a ferret they are so damn cute!!!
16 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Tuesday 12/20/05 - 7:15:06 AM EST (GMT-5)
What is she going to do in the real world? There are no ferrets to pet during layoff time, or when there is a transit strike- besides why does the poor ferret need the added responsibility of keeping this whack-a-vole from hyperventilating- I'm sure he has better things to do, like lounging and playing with his ferret toys

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