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The Shulchan Aruch mentions that one should not daven in the presence of a dog. Is there an exception or leniency made if a blind person accompanied by his dog walks into the shul minyan to daven? (the blind person, that is. Although, perhaps, the dog may be davening, as well.)

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Igros Moshe 1:45 says it is permitted, as if not the fellow will be unable to ever come to Shul. However it is preferable to leave the dog at the door in order not to scare the congregants.

I have personally seen a seeing eye dog in a Shul on more than one occasion.

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I have once seen a tshuva by the lubavich rebbe who brings a proof that the mizbeach also looked like a dog. – preferred May 20 '14 at 20:30
@Preferred: I am not sure what your comment has to do with my answer? – Gershon Gold May 20 '14 at 21:06
It shows that a dog can be in shul. This is not my answer but the lubavich rebbe. Will have to look for it. – preferred May 20 '14 at 22:57
@preferred are you referring to Yoma 21 "דתניא ונתנו בני אהרן הכהן אש על המזבח אע"פ שאש יורדת מן השמים מצוה להביא מן ההדיוט רבוצה כארי והתניא א"ר חנינא סגן הכהנים אני ראיתיה ורבוצה ככלב לא קשיא כאן במקדש ראשון כאן במקדש שני" – sam May 20 '14 at 23:52
@sam Yes. As I wrote I am sure I have seen it in a sefer of the Lubavich rebbe. Are there no chabad chasidim on here to confirm this. – preferred May 21 '14 at 8:18

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