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ATLANTA - Service dog training teams are heading back to Florida after they say a local motel denied their dog teams a place to stay together. They were in town to help Aimee Copeland.

Channel 2's Linda Stouffer caught up with the trainers who wonder if the motel violated the law.

German shepherd Brodie is trained to save his handler's life by fetching medicine. He also helps owner Steven Kappes if he faints, after a traumatic brain injury suffered in combat.

"We go everywhere together -- sleeps in the same room with me," Kappes said.

But not Saturday. Kappes said he tried to check into a Decatur Motel 6, but thinks he was wrongly denied a room because of a 'one pet per room' policy.

"I just think they didn't get the whole service dog aspect, what the dogs were really used for," Kappes said.

They said the hotel wouldn't let the other dog Belle, a Labradoole, stay in the same room with them.

Belle was in town because she will soon become Aimee Copeland's new service dog.

Copeland lost her hands and a leg to a flesh eating bacteria, and Belle is in training to help.

The group, PSD Academy, said they needed to save money on the trip by putting both dog teams in one hotel room, something they do in other cities.

The Florida service dog group's founder, Crystal Callahan Ayala, is talking with an attorney about whether the hotel violated the Americans with Disabilities Act by not making a reasonable accommodation.

"If two individuals wanted to stay in your hotel and they were both in wheelchairs, would you make them stay in two separate rooms?" Ayala said.

"All he kept saying was 'pet, pet, pet' even thou we kept telling him these are not pets, these are service dogs, these are our lifeline to the world," dog trainer Dianne Wertz told Stouffer.

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Hotel for Dogs Reviews - Metacritic

For a one time additional fee of $10 your dogs can stay with you at our motel Donald Gutknecht, Director of Training, has been training dogs since 1946. He is a well-known and respected trainer in the Milwaukee area. In addition to training people and their dogs, he has trained and shown dogs for AKC competition and police, protection, and agility work. He has given numerous demonstrations, spoken to many groups, and participated in judging AKC obedience trials, in addition to training military dogs during his many years in the Army. Don is assisted by a staff of competent instructors to meet all the behavior needs that your pet may require. Our aim at Animal Motel Obedience School is to instruct you in methods of obedience training so that your dog will be socially acceptable and a pleasure to own.

Hotel for Dogs (1971) is a children's novel by Lois Duncan

At the Sea Shell Motel we welcome most dogs. For a one time additional fee of $10 your dogs can stay with you at our motel. If you would like to bring your dog because our insurance policy may preclude some dogs.

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