Is that really a “service animal”?

We have published posts in the past about service animals, and how protective the federal government is of people’s rights to take them into public and private spaces:

https://carolinacommonelements.com/2015/03/27/hoa-boards-should-tread-carefully-on-assistance-animals/

https://carolinacommonelements.com/2013/10/03/i-thought-my-eyes-were-deceiving-me-but-that-really-was-my-neighbor-walking-a-miniature-horse-whats-next-a-pig/

I personally have encountered cases of people buying these fake “service animal” certificates and harnesses for their dogs, so they can take or keep them in places they otherwise would not (and should not) be allowed to.  I have also encountered cases of people who legitimately need service animals and have met resistance, whether justified or not, over the animal’s presence.  At least one state has recognized the problem and adopted legislation to address what is a growing problem, and I thought our readers would appreciate this:

http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_29704499/bill-criminalize-fake-service-animals-passes-colorado-house

 

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