Woman sues after judge bars dog from court

Woman sues after judge bars dog from court
KELSO, Wash. (AP) – A woman who was barred from bringing her dog into the Cowlitz County Hall of Justice is suing the county, accusing it of violating the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Melanie Brown of Ryderwood says her dog Odessa is a service dog because she uses it to steady herself.

The lawsuit filed last month in federal court in Tacoma seeks an unspecified amount of damages. She previously filed a claim seeking $730,000.

Superior Court Judge Stephen Warning barred the dog in July after Brown wouldn't provide documentation about her disability.

Warning told The Longview Daily News the dog smelled. Officials also said too many people were bringing pets into county buildings, including a "comfort monkey" that ran loose around a lobby.

Information from The Daily News.