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    Animals in government buildings

    We have contractors in our building and they are always bringing dogs to work with them and keeping them in their office. Is there an AFI that governs this? Is it even legal?

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    Quote Originally Posted by USAF-Controller View Post
    We have contractors in our building and they are always bringing dogs to work with them and keeping them in their office. Is there an AFI that governs this? Is it even legal?
    No AFI, I'm sure...pretty much would come down to Commander's policy and enforcement.

    Do the dogs bother people? Are they a health or safety hazard? If not, I'd say it's no big deal.

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    I agree with sandsjames. As long as the dogs aren't bothering anyone and doesn't pose a hazard, then no harm, no foul.
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    Do squadrons still have mascots? Maybe there is a rule to govern that practice. Bio-environmental or Public Health would be a good place to ask about it.

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    I am not aware of any DoD policy or instruction, it probably is a commander's discretion thing -- or it may be something the commander is wholly unaware of. If your have a problem with it due to allergies, fear of getting bit, hygiene etc. you should bring it up regardless of the existence of an instruction -- it is your workplace too. If it is that you don't like it/think it unprofessional I would say you should check with your facility manager who can probably get you the (if any) instruction or local policy right away.

    When I worked on Capitol Hill, bringing in dogs to the office was REALLY common, as long as the boss was okay with it. One of the big, blustery members from the mid-west was kind of funny, he had this little toy poodle ... didn't really match his personality but he loved the hell out of that dog.
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    Anything that raises morale needs to be eliminated immediately.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Drackore View Post
    Anything that raises morale needs to be eliminated immediately.
    Sure, lets just let everyone do whatever they want to raise morale - what could go wrong? Pets shouldn't be in a professional work center, it's not about morale.

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    Interesting question...

    Be knowledgable about the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) prior to discussing your concerns with a contractor. Most dog owners are fully aware of the law and are not afraid to use it. Furthermore, ensure you consult with the Contracting Officer prior to directing a contractor to do ANYTHING outside of the scope of their PWS/SOW. A contractor can (and would be entitled to) invoice the Government for anything you direct them outside of the PWS/SOW... No matter how trivial or innocent you may think it is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Niirs View Post
    Sure, lets just let everyone do whatever they want to raise morale - what could go wrong? Pets shouldn't be in a professional work center, it's not about morale.
    Better than letting people do whatever they want to kill morale.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mikan View Post
    Interesting question...

    Be knowledgable about the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) prior to discussing your concerns with a contractor.
    Good point....they could be service dogs. The idea of service dogs has broadened out way beyond the seeing eye dog. People now have them for everything from epilepsy to anxiety. There are also some rules regarding what you can ask about with respect to the dog...i.e. you can not ask what medical condition the person has, but I think you can ask simply if it is a service dog.

    Of course, like any good thing, people abuse it and get service dog certification from some internet company...lol. So, it's a minefield these days.

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