© 2024 Western New York Public Broadcasting Association

140 Lower Terrace
Buffalo, NY 14202

Mailing Address:
Horizons Plaza P.O. Box 1263
Buffalo, NY 14240-1263

Buffalo Toronto Public Media | Phone 716-845-7000
WBFO Newsroom | Phone: 716-845-7040
Your NPR Station
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00 0:00
Available On Air Stations

Veterans with therapy dogs could get help from Albany

Chris Caya WBFO News

A proposed new law would protect some veterans from housing discrimination.

State Senator Timothy Kennedy says he's heard multiple stories about landlords discriminating against veterans with therapy animals. Kennedy says either some landlords don't believe they're necessary, or they're barred under the lease.   

"These animals are not pets. These are medically prescribed service therapy dogs and cats," Kennedy said.

The legislation being proposed by the South Buffalo Democrat would amend state law to clarify what qualifies as a disability. And he says it would protect service dogs and therapy animals from discrimination.