New Zealand Dog News

Reviewing the dog news in New Zealand with editors comments. Someone needs to keep reviewing how our dogs are doing in society.

August 12, 2008

Massey bans student and dog from campus

Massey University has served a trespass order against a student who says she needs her dog beside her to help her with disabling panic attacks.

Melanie Donne has been barred after taking her dog on to the Palmerston North campus despite an earlier warning that to do so would breach university rules.

Ms Donne says she has a brain injury as a result of a car crash, and that her dog Rica can pre-empt disabling panic attacks. But Rica is not a registered disability dog.

Last month Ms Donne ignored Massey's warning and took Rica on to the campus for an extramural open day. She has now been served with a trespass order banning her from the campus. MORE>>


  • At 9:00 p.m., Anonymous Anonymous said…

    T I am disabled student who attends Massey University's Palmerston North campus. In the three years I have been studying,I have received substantial on going support from staff members who work with disabled students.

    I wonder why Melanie has not provided the medical information required of her by Massey University? For the last three years I have provided information concerning my disability so certain services can be accessed. If I and countless other disabled students, do present documentation of their disabilities I wonder why Melanie think she does not need to produce medical certification?.

    Melanie has trained the dog in question- and Melanie is not a recognised expert on dog or people behaviour - so why should the university take her assurances about the dog seriously?

    Also I think there needs to be clarification concerning Melanie 'dreams of being a vet'. In some newspaper articles the impression that could be gained is that Melanie has been stopped from entering or even completing her veterinarian training by Massey University because of the dog problem when in fact currently to date Melanie has not successfully completed the requirements to be accepted into Massey's veterinarian school.

  • At 10:36 a.m., Blogger J D C said…

    Excellent site, keep up the good work my colleagues would love this. I have come some advice to about nationwide. Thanks for sharing.....


Post a Comment

Links to this post:

Create a Link

<< Home

web page hit counter