GDA volunteer protects service dogs in his home state

Guide Dogs of America volunteer Adam Beasley is in the news for his successful effort to create a law protecting service dogs in his home state of Alabama. The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers’ “Machinist News Network” reports:

“Thanks to IAM Local 2003 member and Guide Dogs of America volunteer Adam Beasley, Alabama now has a law specifically protecting service dogs from assault for the first time in the state’s history.

The bill makes it a crime for anyone to harass, injure or cause the death of a service dog. Harassment would be any conduct directed toward a service dog or handler that is likely to impede or interfere with the performance of the service dog including taunting, teasing or striking.

Beasley, an aircraft mechanic at Fort Rucker Army Base, has volunteered with GDA for the past 15 years. He approached state Sen. Jimmy Holley to ask if he would be interested in sponsoring a bill to protect service dogs.

Once Holley was on board, Beasley spent nearly a year researching other states’ service dog laws to make sure Alabama would have one of the best.

‘I would like to thank Sen. Holley and his staff for all their work with this bill,’” said Beasley. “I’m proud to have played a part in providing protection for Service Dogs and their users in Alabama.”

Guide Dogs of America was founded by a blind IAM member and provides guide dogs and instruction in their use, free of charge, to blind and visually impaired individuals throughout the U.S. and Canada so they can pursue their goals with increased mobility and independence.

There are a handful of states that don’t yet have laws that protect service dogs such as guide dogs, leader dogs, dogs that assist individuals who have physical disabilities, dogs that provide alerts to the hearing impaired, and dogs who alert people to an oncoming medical crisis. If you would like help getting a law passed in your state, contact Adam Beasley at adam.beasley@iam2003.org.

Read the bill at: http://www.goiam.org/images/articles/imail/latest-imail/2016/May_Aug/sb168_service_dog_assault_bill.pdf

Read “The Anniston Star” newspaper article, “Service dogs gain state protection with new law

IAM Local 2003 member Adam Beasley (in red), along with IAM Local 2003 leadership, members, and other bill supporters including “Peppy” attend the signing of a new Alabama service dog protection law.

IAM Local 2003 member Adam Beasley (in red), along with IAM Local 2003 leadership, members, and other bill supporters including “Peppy” attend the signing of a new Alabama service dog protection law.


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