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dogs make life a little easier for people with disabilities, but some people
are abusing the service dog name, making it difficult for those who really need
the additional help.
dog pulls my wheelchair," said Wallace Brozman. "He opens doors – both literally
says her service dog makes her independent, but sometimes when she takes him to
restaurants, she says she's wrongfully denied.
say, ‘This is a service dog. It helps my disability,'" she said. "They'll say, ‘It
doesn't matter. The last dog we had in here wasn't well-behaved.'"
problem is some people are passing off their pets as service animals to gain
access to restaurants and other places. All it takes is an online search and
are going up to the website, plunking down $50 and getting a backpack or vest
that says ‘Service Dog,'" said Corey Hudson.
is the CEO of Canine Companions for Independence. His company puts dogs through
says dogs that are not properly trained can attack real service dogs,
endangering their disabled owners.
lawmakers in states like California have started an ad campaign that shames
those who cheat and abuse the identification system.
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