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Q: Service Dogs

January 14, 2010 | By Anonymous | 5 answers | Expired: 1643 days ago

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If the law under the ADA states that a service dog doesn't have to be registered or certified by the state and under another law that the owner doesn't have to say why they have the dog or what their disability is, couldn't just about anybody with a well trained dog and a vest have public access?

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L M.
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Jan 22, 2010

I am sorry about your anxiety and panic attacks, but I think it's very smart having her dog with her. It's truly brilliant to have her beloved pet with her to calm her down. Amazing to learn this. Thank you.

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Jan 17, 2010

I have a service dog and i think I can answer your question. The answer is yes and no. The ADA states that you do not have to identify as a person with a disability and the person can train their own service dog. That kinda leaves it open and people think anyone with a well trained dog and a vest can claim it as a service dog. Which to some extent (while very much against the law) is true. The tricky part of that law is that you have to be able to prove your disability and need of a service dog, and that the dog in question is indeed trained to do specific tasks to help with your certain disability, but only in a court of law if your validity is questioned. If someone denies you access with a service dog you can contact the department of justice and report the business but on the same token a business with reason to doubt can report you as a fraud and if you cannot prove with medical documentation beyond a reasonable doubt that you are indeed disabled, you can get charged with a felony. I carry in my car a general "prescription" from my doctor stating that due to my condition I need a service animal, so if there is a confrontation and I need to pursue it further the police can be called and I can file a report and they have the proof enough to write a report. Now I am not saying all you need is a prescription from your doctor, I have lots of other paperwork I have on file at home in case there is a discrepancy but it can help you later if you have access problems and have to go to court. You can get badges and vests and other assorted identification to show your animal is indeed a service animal but that isn't enough to say this animal is a service animal and sometimes you still get questioned. So really to answer your question, yeah I guess they could just buy a vest and say hey I am disabled but the consequences are vast and far outweigh the "hey I can take my dog to walmart" My dog Maverick is in training and will be for about another year or more before he is a full fledged service animal so he only has "service animal in training" badges but the same access laws apply. I hope this helps. If you have any more questions about service animals feel free to contact me.

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L M.
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Jan 16, 2010

I think identification is available for NY dogs, isn't it? I'm not sure about other states, but I think the dogs can be identified, if the person is questioned. (?)

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Anonymous
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Anonymous

Jan 14, 2010

It appears so, but only after many hours of lawyer time! Sorry, couldn't resist. What an interesting question. I come from an area originally that had quite a rep for political corruption, so it would depend on who you knew, or what you spent. LOL I'm just glad support animals are getting more respect.

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Tricia L.
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Jan 14, 2010

I was wondering the same thing. I suffer from bad anxiety and severe panic attacks. My dr told me about a woman she knows who suffers from the same who turned her dog into a service dog who goes everywhere with her.. That the dog calms her down when she is starting to have an attack. I thought what a great idea that would be!
But you are right... seems like there should be more rules and regulations!
sorry i wasnt any help.

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