Fake Service Dogs A Growing Problem As Pet Owners Flout Disability Rules

McGruffFake Service Dogs A Growing Problem As Pet Owners Flout Disability Rules

LOS ANGELES (AP) — It’s an easy law to break, and dog cheats do. By strapping a vest or backpack that says “service animal” to their pet, anyone can go in stores and restaurants where other dogs are banned, creating growing problems for the disabled community and business owners and leading to calls for better identifying the real deal.

Those with disabilities are worried about privacy and the safety of their highly trained service dogs, while business owners are concerned about health violations and damage to merchandise from impostors abusing the system.

Under the Americans with Disabilities Act, it’s a federal crime to use a fake dog.

Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/10/fake-service-dogs_n_4075308.html

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