How To Spot Fake Service Pets

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People who treat their pets better than humans and animals out of control in public have been the most annoying downside to pet ownership. But, there’s a new problem to worry about: The fake pet “service” or “assistance” animal. Like the fake handicapped sticker, it’s a way to get around the rules of society for individual benefit. Here’s what we know so far…
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How To Spot Fake Service Pets

Fake Certifications: There are hundreds of sites out there taking fees to “register” service pets and sucking more money by providing totally bogus ID cards, vests and other accessories, all while raking in millions annually.
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How To Spot Fake Service Pets

There is no law requiring service pet proof, only a verbal assurance from the pet owner. It’s up to the complainant to prove a person needs and is allowed to have a service pet in public.
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How To Spot Fake Service Pets

Service animal training requirements are not federally regulated. It’s up to the State or Local government to set guidelines.
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How To Spot Fake Service Pets

There is no formal enforcement agency for people abusing the service animal privilege. In other words, the cops can’t do much unless the animal is out of control.
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How To Spot Fake Service Pets

Pet owners are claiming all types of exotic animals are assisting them. Including miniature horses, birds, reptiles and chimpanzees.
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How To Spot Fake Service Pets

The most common types of service animals remain small and large breeds of well behaved and well trained dogs. And, believe it or not, Capuchin monkeys, because of their small size, intelligence, trainability and dexterity.
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How To Spot Fake Service Pets

Asking a person to prove they are disabled is against the law in all states. And, for most whose disability is not easily recognizable, it’s downright embarrassing.
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How To Spot Fake Service Pets

Many pet owners are not even bothering to pay scam organizations for phony documents and identifying gear. They are just making service pet IDs and vests themselves.
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In Conclusion

Even if you suspect a service pet is fake, there’s not much you can do, unless the animal is out of control. What’s necessary are laws governing the industry which can be enforced. Dare we say, laws that actually have teeth? Sorry. Couldn’t resist…
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