Fake Service Dogs: What the Law Says

Dogpaddling Through Life

Yesterday I told you about the “fakers, those who falsely claim their pet is a service animal in order to take with them wherever they go. Now that we know there are some bad actors out there that are claiming their pets are service animals, what can be done about it?

Guide dogs are the most common type of service dog. Photo: Petfinder.com Guide dogs are the most common type of service dog. Photo: Petfinder.com

By knowing what the Americans with Disabilities Act states, you can protect yourself and your business without violating the rights of persons with disabilities.  For those of you outside the US, these tips may help, but check your country’s laws pertaining to the use of service animals.

First of all, let me say this: Not all disabilities are obvious. Several people commented on seeing a person that did not “appear” to be disabled with a service animal. Just because they don’t appear so to you does not…

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