People will stoop to incredibly low levels. The American with Disabilities Act (ADA) is designed to help people who have disabilities.
Sadly, it has allowed for less than honest people to bring untrained dogs into public places as if they were service dogs. Under the law, public places cannot ask for any documentation to verify if the animal is a registered service animal. They cannot even ask about the person’s disability or have the dog do any tasks. A manager can ask if the dog is a service dog and what it is trained to do.
Service dogs are not required to wear any special vest, harness, or collar that identifies them as service animals. So people can bring their pets anywhere, and no one is allowed to say anything about it. Storied have been told about untrained animals attacking people or other dogs. Having an inexperienced and untrained dog in public places is a disservice to real service dogs. One woman’s Facebook post about a real service dog has been shared over 14,000 times.
The woman saw a family and their autistic son get turned away from a restaurant because too many so-called service dogs have nipped at customers. The woman had trained the dog herself and was upset that someone had wrongly put an Emotional Support vest on an untrained animal. Perhaps the law needs to change, and people should be required to show documentation for their dogs to prevent this from happening.
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