About a year ago, while I was talking to the manager of one of Capitol Hill’s supermarkets, I saw an unleashed dog (presumably a faux service dog) wandering near the butcher’s enclosure. The butcher then walked out of the enclosure and fed the dog with his hand, allowing the dog to lick the palm of his hand with its tongue. The manager did nothing.
This was in a supermarket where the cashiers and baggers regularly pet and hold so-called “service dogs,” and then touch the food. Any butcher, who directly handles unwrapped food, who doesn’t know that he should never touch an animal while on duty, let alone the tongue of a dog, probably doesn’t know to wash his hands afterwards. It made me wonder what other health department codes were being ignored.
Storeowners, employees and dog owners are using the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) to justify lots of objectionable behavior. There is nothing in the ADA that mandates that all the employees must pet dogs, feed, or allow the dogs’ tongues to touch their hands.
Dog’s mouths carry bacterial. I recently spent 36 hours on an intravenous antibiotic for a bacterial infection caused by a dog bite. The hospital bill was $12,000.
It is through the saliva of dogs that the eggs of parasites are transmitted to humans. When dogs are outside, they sniff each other’s feces. In doing so, their saliva picks up the eggs from parasites; these eggs can then be transmitted to anyone who comes in contact with the dog’s saliva. So there is no such thing as a sanitary dog, and a butcher in a supermarket should know this.
Storeowners are using a misinterpretation of the ADA to justify allowing any dog into a store. According to the ADA in Washington D.C., anyone can ask if an animal is a service dog or not, but it is illegal to ask a dog owner for verification.
Perhaps, if every time a dog walked into a supermarket an employee asked if it was a service dog, then the fake service dogs would start acting like service dogs, stay on leashes, and stop acting like pets. Perhaps dog owners wouldn’t carry their dogs in their hands as they handle the produce
Allowing a butcher to feed a dog with his bare hands is the thin end of the wedge. If this isn’t stopped, sooner or later the butcher will bring his Fido to work with him and let him lick the meat that he’s preparing.