ALEXANDRIA, Va. (CN) - Virginia sheriff's officers stormed the home of a severely disabled man, knocked him down and seized his 18-lb. service dog at gunpoint - for leash law violations, the man claims in court.
In addition to prostate cancer and degenerative bone disease, William Selepack has gone through hip and shoulder replacement surgeries, removal of his large intestine, removal of several spinal discs, and septum reconstruction. He has balance problems, "extremely low manual dexterity," short- and long-term memory loss and dementia, according to his Sept. 24 lawsuit in Federal Court.
Selepack has a doctor's note stating that his disabilities preclude him from using a leash, or from lifting more than 10 pounds. "Even the slightest tug of a leash would be sufficient to unbalance Mr. Selepack, causing him to fall, or to pull Mr. Selepack to the ground," the complaint states. A leash would also create a tripping hazard.