Man with service dog says day in court delayed by allergic judge

Man with service dog says day in court delayed by allergic judge »Play Video
Sonny Binder

GLIDE, Ore. - A serious motor vehicle accident while serving in the Air Force limited Sonny Binder's ability to work.

Diagnosed after the accident with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Binder copes with the help of his certified service dog, Baxter.

He is seeking Social Security disability benefits, which requires him to go to court and appear before a judge with the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review

Before his June 14 hearing, he told the court his service dog would be joining him at the hearing.

Binder said Judge Marilyn Mauer responded that she was allergic to dogs. She re-scheduled his hearing to mid-November.

"I'm going OK, wait a minute: she can't have a dog in court so I have to suffer, my wife has to suffer, my children have to suffer … until November?" Binder said.

Michael Webb, a public affairs specialist at the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review, said service dogs are allowed in public facilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act.

While he could not comment on Binder's case specifically, Webb said a review of the situation would likely be conducted.