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Monica Robins, WKYC twelve:25 a.m. EST February 14, 2014

CLEVELAND — The indications are almost everywhere: No canines permitted other than for assistance canines.

That exception is the law underneath the Us citizens with Disabilities Act.

But, lately, tales of individuals passing off their individual animals as assistance canines have been described.

We discovered out it is going on, but just how substantially and how frequently isn’t really apparent. That’s due to the fact the law is simple to break, and sadly pet “cheats” do.

You are unable to location a assistance pet by vest or identification tag. Neither is needed by law.

In fact, anybody can acquire just one on the web for a payment and no evidence of certification is needed.

So how can you convey to the change involving a assistance pet and a faux?

It really is the pet that becomes “invisible” when within a organization, cafe or other establishment. They abide by the instructions of their proprietor, then lie quietly beneath a wheelchair or chair when not at operate.

We had been proven a video clip of two guidebook canines in coaching within a retail store that will not permit animals but by law welcomes assistance canines.

At just one stage the two canines are approached by a 3rd greater pet on a retractable leash. The greater dog’s unruly behavior can make it apparent he is not a assistance pet, even while his proprietor has handed him off as just one in order to enter the retail store. So what is the damage?

There is loads, in accordance to individuals with disabilities who anxiety for the safety of their highly skilled helpers, and be concerned about prospective backlash.

Enterprise homeowners are apprehensive as well about wellbeing violations and hurt prompted by imposters.

“You denigrate the whole opportunity for individuals who really need to have assistance animals,” suggests Wendy Crann, govt director of WAGS for Kids.

WAGS stands for Functioning Animals Offering Services, and it really is the only Ohio group that exclusively places assistance canines with small children up to the age of 18.

“Folks do not just take into thing to consider how very long and how difficult the combat was to have access for correctly skilled assistance animals. It wasn’t an overnight detail,” suggests Wendy.

Us citizens With Disabilities Act Specifications: Services Animals

Crann is informed of internet sites marketing vests, identification tags and so-known as evidence of coaching to anybody.

To this she suggests, “Coats and IDs do not make assistance canines. Teaching to a certainty of behavior — that can make a assistance pet.”

What she does uncover troubling are web-sites that supply “disability evaluation tests.”

Channel 3’s Monica Robins took the website’s test to see if she would qualify for a assistance pet.

Right after a few simple concerns the test decided Monica did in truth qualify for a assistance pet, primarily based on a previous leg injury that has very long since healed. She is not pursuing the suggestion.

Disability Rights Ohio Point Sheet on Services Animals

“It really is a confirmation of a question of a disability that is shielded by the Us citizens with Disabilities Act,” suggests Crann. “At WAGS for Kids we do not put canines with young ones that do not have a doctor’s confirmation of a disability. That’s step just one. The 2nd detail is coaching. Services animals are skilled to what we phone a certainty of behavior that they will do what you convey to them to do when you convey to them to do it. This is not about a properly behaved pet that will lie at your toes. This is a characteristic of assistance operate that is skilled to a certainty of behavior.”

Teaching can just take up to two yrs, and fees can operate into the tens of countless numbers of pounds.

Local community fundraising and donations are frequently made use of to help individuals afford to pay for the price.

The law does permit for persons to teach their individual canines to be assistance canines, but trainers say in order for that to operate, they have to also be matched with the correct pet.

It is a federal criminal offense to use a “faux” assistance pet, but as we discovered enforcement is rough due to the fact of privateness legal guidelines constructed in to defend folks with disabilities.

Beneath the Us citizens With Disabilities Modification Act of 2008, a organization are not able to need a particular person with a assistance animal to dislose what disability they have, deliver evidence of certification for the assistance pet or give a demonstration of the dog’s ability.

A organization proprietor can question two concerns:

Is this your assistance pet?
What operate or activity has the animal been skilled to execute?
Nevertheless, if the pet misbehaves, barks, jumps or soils the premises, the proprietor can question for the pet to be eradicated. They have to welcome the handler to return to the retail store but with no the pet.

41 comments

  1. Everyone gets upset with the actual owners of said fake service animals. You have to get upset with the fake vest providers on eBay and everyone else that sells them. They're sold everywhere from where I can see and without them gone, the problem continues.

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  2. Most of the comments within this video seem very ignorant to emotional support dogs and the distinguishement between the two, and yes you can through the government register your dog as either a service dog, emotional support dog and therapy dog. I understand the main point of this video but if your going to comment saying how terrible the people please be able to distinguish and understand the emotional support dogs and therapy dogs have the same right as a service dog but need no specific training to be registered. Have and officer check for registration is the best way to go

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  3. What if the service dog is having a bad day? Hahaha I was watching a blog about a chick who has cystic fibrosis (she has a youtube channel actually called The Frey Life wonderful young lady) and she said that sometimes her service dog has bad days like "stop and sniff something" etc. like how picky you have to be for letting a service dog getting into your store but at the same time…people having fake service dogs….really? That's just WAY TOO WRONG…..

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  4. Actually fake services dogs dont create problems owners who act as if its a service dog is at fault

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  5. I have a seizure alert yorkie and it pissed me off it ruins it for small service dog handlers.

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  6. These freaking people with their pets and designer dogs have ruined it for people who need their dog's assistance. What if the fake service dog attacks a service dog or its owner or some other customer? I'm sick of going to Trader Joes and seeing little teacup poodles or chihuahuas inside side of someone's purse…

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  7. I saw a woman bring a little Terrier dog into a Walmart. It was so obviously not a service dog. The dog was very hyper, not well behaved, and so little. Seriously, people who do this are scum.

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  8. I have a service dog still in training he doesn't jump pull bark or anything all I need to do is get him to stop staring at other dogs. any help? I could use a smaller leach and put the park you hold on to around his mouth and pull his head away. if anyone could help with this problem it would be great

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  9. When it boils down to it, if you can't take your dog into petsmart without him or her sniffing other animals or humans, pulling on the leash, your dog is not a service dog. Yes, there is no law stating what training a dog has to go through and no government issued documents.. if a dog is trained and not causing any issues you most likely won't be forced to show any documents.

    I'm training my Belgium Malinois how to calm and anxiety or panic attack and it is a lot of work, not only do you have to train him to do a specific task but spend hours and hours of time teaching him obedience in public.

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  10. with a emotional support animal they have to show traits like attempting to remove their Handler out of a hostile situation like pulling or barking at the Handler 2 gain their attention from that hostile situation..

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  11. As a service dog trainer it can be very difficult when people automatically assume that it's a fake service dog. It still is a puppy that is taken into stores. Yes the dog barks and jumps but it still is a puppy and they have to be trained somehow. Selfish ass holes who lie about it drives me crazy. Yes the dogs I have trained have pooped, barked and jumped in stores before but we have never had any problems. In cases like this you just have to believe someone and it's awful people take advantage of this.

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  12. I think the only way to prevent or at least help keep the amount of fake service dogs low is to shut down any online stores that allow these licenses/vests to be sold. As well to have the legitimate registrations look completely different with certain labels, similar to a drivers licence. If the dog does not have this very specific ID card then they should not be allowed in the store. These fakes put actual people with disabilities and their dogs in jeopardy and it's just so selfish.

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  13. My sister has a service dog. She has a vest and ID card.
    And by law u can only ask 2 questions.
    Is that a service animal?
    What service do they provide?

    That's per PDA guidelines.

    They r not aloud to ask anything else.

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  14. It should be mandatory for legitimate service dogs to be licensed and wear tags identifying them as service dogs.
    I had to shoot a fake service dog after it attacked my niece. Now she's weary of any dog wearing a so-called service vest.

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  15. The problem is you can't ask for papers proving that the dog is a service dog or one in training . If you do the people get all upset and say that will put a lawsuit against you for it . If the people really want the freedom to take the dog anywhere they shouldn't have a problem to show a certificate showing he/she is one or one in training to help stop the misuse of the law by those who just want to take their pets with them .

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  16. I have a service dog named Camper who's a mutt and we've been asked to leave a store once because he didn't look purebred. We fixed the misunderstanding, but I saw someone else bring a toy poodle in the same store and employees petting it and the woman claimed it as an emotional service dog.

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  17. Oh gosh! People these days!

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  18. Solution: require certification documents and/or state registration of the animal. The state would then issue a picture ID for the animal.

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  19. my dad was kicked out of good will for his service dogs lack of a vest which is vary dumb she an unmistakable service dog

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  20. People think that SD handlers are soo lucky to be able to have their "pets" with them in the stores, etc. However, that is far from the truth. I would much rather be able to just pack up and go run somewhere or do something without my SD sometimes because of all the hassle and annoyances I face just because I have him with me. Everything takes twice as long with him around, but there are days where I can't function without him. I digress. People are just idiots sometimes.

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  21. I hate to say it, but I know first hand from a whistle blower colleauge that a service dog training organization near me is basically a puppy mill, and the service dogs they train and sell are NOT health tested, NOT temperament tested properly, aren't even fully matured, and most importantly…only receive 30 hours of training at the facility before being placed with disabled individuals! I see these "service dogs" all over, and it disgusts me. I am a trainer, but I have trained my own service dog. He is my mobility assistance dog. I have osteonecrosis in my right leg, and a shattered knee from a car accident years ago that is now catching up to me. I have one surgery scheduled for Dec to remove the rod from my leg, and another I will need for a hip replacement months after that surgery fully heals. Until then, I work as much as possible…even though the surgeon has no idea how I'm even walking. Atticus (dog in my profile pic) is a god send, and has helped me do many of the things that I wasn't confident I could do when having a particularly rough time with my hip. UGH

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  22. I need to take my dog into Petsmart and see how he reacts. o.o If I falsely said my dog was an SD, my mom would be all over me.

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  23. I work in a grocery store, see this almost on a daily bases one of these so called service dogs took a crap on the sales floor, people putting there lap dogs in a shopping cart. Tougher laws should be passes and enforced, not fair for the legitimate people with service dogs.

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  24. And yet, the Packard must be backed by a legitimate dr. Order, noting specific impairment to qualify. Maybe we need to get the DMV involved. They don't hand out things to people who are not disabled, and in specific needs of the accommodation.

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  25. This is big in California. I see people bringing dogs in grocery stores, malls everywhere.
    if you ask them if the dog is a service animal, they say it "makes me feel better" or "I need it". No, you need to leave your dog, snake, parrot, monkey at home. Stop using the system because you think you are special and your animal is "special". The law should be strengthened to allow only people with a government issued disability placard, to have "Service Animals". These assclowns that abuse the system are the same as the assclowns that abused the medical marijuana laws. Everyone has a "reason/right" to get a "medical card", just like they have "reason/right" to bring their pets with them.

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  26. I know a family with a daughter who has severe allergies and her service dog can detect when she could have a possibly life threatening allergic reaction. It cost them around 20 grand that they had to raise. People who pretend their dig is a service animal make a joke out of the whole system!

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  27. I have seen so many individuals who are just using the Service Dog excuse to be able to bring their pets with them.  Their dogs show no training and are downright uncontrollable.  It's only a matter of time when these fakers' dog bites someone and those with legitimate Service Animal needs will have to pay the price of stricter legislation.

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  28. Only have a service dog if u have disabilities and its good to have a service dog if u have disabilities and PLUS its good excersice for you and ur dog if u can walk

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  29. A REAL one

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  30. Well i would only take a service dog in

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  31. I would never take a dog in a store unless its obedient and is a good listener

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  32. If I owned a business I would scared to shit that one of the fakes would come into my business and hurt someone. It has already happened . I think real ID Gov issue needs to be available to everyone. Its all that's going to change things. Sorry for the real service dogs and there owners, but shit people are ruining it for you

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  33. selling does vest to anyone should be illegal. people are such jerks sometimes

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  34. Anyone caught with a fake service dog should be jailed or severely fined. It's no different then someone without a handicap, using someone else's sign to park in a handicap spot. I saw a guy once, with a handicap sign, pull his F-150 into a spot at Home Depot, get out and run across the street. It was all I could do to keep from throwing a brick through his windshield. Of course, I also have a problem with places like Home Depot having about 20 handicap spaces. How many truly handicapped people are going to Home Depot for Christ sake

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  35. They forgot to mention you can owner train your SD and by law you do NOT need to hand out info on your disability. Kinda important detail that they missed 😐

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  36. So what are humans who have severe allergies to animal dander suppose to do when they go in to a restaurant at which a service dog is present and they then have a severe allergic attack?  Whose rights is most important?

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  37. Its horrible hearing about this. I'm going to be getting a Psychiatric service dog for my anxiety disorder, Agoraphobia. and a few other things and I worry that being my age I won't be taken seriously with my dog. I mean, I generally have anxieties buying something which just pertained talking to the cashier for no longer than 3 minutes so having to explain why I have this service dog is something that i'm a little scared to find out how I feel. Not to mention I don't like talking face to face with someone I don't know about what's wrong with me for many reasons but one being its kinda a personal thing and I feel i'm going to be judged. I also wonder how it will be when I go back to normal school and walk in with a dog.. But on a lighter note I'm going to name him Bone Jovi.

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  38. More power to cat owners.

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  39. The woman with the fake service dog at :58 is a cunt!

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  40. I was on the bus and a lady came on with her dog claiming it was a service dog for her epilepsy. This dog was freaking out when the bus started moving and got overly excited when it saw other dogs. It growled at people who simply passed by and wouldn't sit on command.  

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  41. The legal restrictions on where you can take dogs in the US are ridiculous. Restaurants and retailers should be free to decide for themselves whether and what kind of dogs they allow.

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