Impostor service animals posing growing problem

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    Impostor service animals posing growing problem

     

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — It's an easy law to break, and dog cheats do. By strapping a vest or backpack that says "service animal" to their pet, anyone can go in stores and restaurants where other dogs are banned, creating growing problems for the disabled community and business owners and leading to calls for better identifying the real deal.

     
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    Re: Impostor service animals posing growing problem

    Seems ripe for licensing, or, if people don't want government involved, at least something like a Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval.  A patch.  Managed by the American Kennel Club or some more specialized organization?  Some will probably say, "But it's so easy to get around any remedy".  But, as an analogy, the handicapped parking tags work for the most part -- though many of us know people who abuse them.

     
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    Re: Impostor service animals posing growing problem

    This falls under the category of things I wouldn't lose any sleep over. I doubt there are many "service dog cheats" out there walking around. I am guessing it is more an issue with people making judgements when a disability is not physically obvious.

    These instances have increased since the use of service dogs to assist servicemen and women who suffer from PTSD or other anxieties. Service dogs are also used for people with pyschological issues.

    When I see someone with a service dog..even if they look able bodied on the surface..my first thought is thanks that there but for the grace of God go I.

     
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    Re: Impostor service animals posing growing problem

    Here is the problem, anyone can purchase one of these vests.
    http://www.amazon.com/s/?ie=UTF8&keywords=service+animal+vest&tag=mh0b-20&index=aps&hvadid=3481359646&ref=pd_sl_6hph8b09c0_e  

     http://www.servicedogssavelives.org/laws.html

    It is illegal to ask for any special identification
    from Service Dog partners. Some carry ID cards, and may present them voluntarily,
    but this also is not required, and should not be expected. You may NOT ask for
    "proof" or certification of the dog's training as a condition of entry into your
    business.

    PS: It is against the law to pretend you have a service animal. If caught,  you can be fined.

    ETA:  11/16   NYT informative article

     http://boston.com/community/forums/community/pets/general/emotional-support-with-fur-draws-complaints-on-planes/40/6896519

     

     

     
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