Fake service dogs make life harder for those with real service animals

December 06, 2018 - 11:17 pm

Fake service dogs are becoming a problem, and it's hurting those who really need them.

Service dog trainer Kim Kitilek says that many people want to label their dogs as service animals simply so that they can take them into stores and restaurants. 

Because this is has been a growing problem, people have become skeptical of real service dogs in stores and some will actually ask the owner what the dog does for them, to see if they're actually real service animals, or even question the illness the owner has that causes him to rely on a service animal. These questions can be very rude.

Kansas law states that if you have a service dog, you need an ID card to show both the dog and handler and information on who trained the dog. But that trainer could be literally anyone, and nobody can check the information due to the Americans With Disabilities Act.

Kitilek added that, "When you take your untrained dog in somewhere and you represent it as a service dog, you make it more difficult on the people that legitimately need their dog."

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