Doctor's note doesn't open door to service dog for Lee Publix worker

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Hunter Sewell, his dog, Shadow, and Tracie Dulniak, founder of the Miami-based nonprofit Blue Collar Service Dogs, walks two boxers, Chicka, 2, and Savannah, 7, across the street Friday, Jan. 17, 2014, at Publix at 4791 Estero Blvd. on Fort Myers Beach. Hunter Sewell is protesting his employer, Publix, after corporate offices said he couldn’t use his German shepherd mix service dog, Shadow. Sewell, who has epilepsy, has been alerted of an upcoming seizure a number of times by Shadow and needed him during his work. Sewell’s employer, Publix, has told him that the dog is not allowed back after a recent seizure Sewell had. Despite giving Publix two notes from his doctor as mandatory to work, corporate offices are still working with the situation.

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Corey Perrine/Staff Hunter Sewell, his dog, Shadow, and Tracie Dulniak, founder of the Miami-based nonprofit Blue Collar Service Dogs, walks two boxers, Chicka, 2, and Savannah, 7, across the street Friday, Jan. 17, 2014, at Publix at 4791 Estero Blvd. on Fort Myers Beach. Hunter Sewell is protesting his employer, Publix, after corporate offices said he couldn’t use his German shepherd mix service dog, Shadow. Sewell, who has epilepsy, has been alerted of an upcoming seizure a number of times by Shadow and needed him during his work. Sewell’s employer, Publix, has told him that the dog is not allowed back after a recent seizure Sewell had. Despite giving Publix two notes from his doctor as mandatory to work, corporate offices are still working with the situation.

Hunter Sewell, 31, a part-time bagger at Publix on Estero Boulevard, protested Friday outside his place of employment, demanding that his 3-year-old German shepherd Shadow be allowed to accompany him on his shifts.

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