The Town of South Hadley is responsible for assuring the health and safety of all employees and all visitors to town-owned facilities. In keeping with this objective, the Town of South Hadley does not permit employees to bring household pets to their workplace. Visitors to municipal buildings are not allowed to bring their pets into the building, as well. Animals may pose a threat of infection and may cause allergic reactions in employees and/or visitors. Some employees and/or visitors may feel threatened or be distracted by the presence of animals. In addition, the Town of South Hadley wishes to prevent pets from fouling the office space or damaging municipal property.
An employee and/or visitor who requires the help of a service animal (defined by 28 CFR 36.104 as "any dog that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability") will be permitted to bring a service animal to the office, provided that the animal's presence does not create a danger to others and does not impose an undue hardship upon the municipal operation.