Fake service dogs? Are you kidding me?
Yes, indeedy! Seems that some dog owners are scamming the system by claiming their companion animal is a service dog.
Oh yeah, it’s easy! You just say your dog is a service animal, and businesses cannot then deny your dog entrance into their business.
But surely dog lovers are responsible people and would never do that, right?
WRONG! It’s such a problem that some business industry groups are looking for answers from government agencies and legislatures.
And who is being hurt by these shenanigans? People who truly benefit from the use of service dogs. Why? Because they are being given a hard time by business owners who are so tired of “fake” service dogs creating problems (barking, damaging merchandise, having accidents in the store that the human doesn’t then clean up), they do everything within the legal limits to get that person and their dog out of their business.
They seat people with service animals in a far corner in restaurants in case the dog is a fake.
Wait staff stay away from them so they often get poor service.
Clerks follow them around in stores to keep an eye on the dog.
To those of you who truly benefit from a service animal, I want to apologize for the rash treatment you receive because of the selfishness of some dog owners who are faking it.
And if you’re one of those dog owners who thinks it’s “cute” to pass your pet off as a service animal, you make me want to puke. Shame on you!
Tomorrow, some tips on how to spot a fake, and what you can legally do about it.