Fraudulent Service Animals

My wife noticed some suspiciously unruly service animals at her workplace last month, and wondered about this.  Looking into the situation further, it appears that there is a veritable epidemic of fraud.  Ordinary pet owners are passing off their mangy beasts as trained service dogs.

There is no shortage of news features on this increasingly common practice.  Here is one of those articles, from 2013:

CHICAGO (CBS) – Despicable. That’s the word used by advocates for the disabled to describe the newest trend – people disguising their dogs as service dogs to travel, shop, and even go to night clubs.

“People think what they’re doing is harmless but it’s not. It’s very harmful,” said Marcie Davis, founder of International Assistance Dog Awareness Week.

As a paraplegic, Davis uses a real service dog, one that’s been trained and certified over hundreds of hours.

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9 thoughts on “Fraudulent Service Animals

  1. BrJames

    This is a related item, and funny, though it must be remembered that “emotional support animals” are not in the same category as “service animals.”

    Recently, in Nov 2014, a woman and her “emotional support pig” were thrown off a USAirways flight after the 70-pound ham became disruptive — relieving itself in the aisle and grunting while the woman tried to stow her carry-on.

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