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Action News Uncovers Problem of Fake Service Dogs

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Fake service dog vests impact locals who need real service dogs to deal with daily tasks.

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LolaM - 2/7/2014 10:55 PM
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1st, these articles hurt more than they help; you are giving self absorbed snowflakes step-by-step instructions. @Grumpyoldman, the ADA currently requires SDs to be potty, trained under control, and trained to do tasks or work that assists the handler (something they cannot do for themselves); it also clearly states that a calming effect/emotional support from its presence doesn't count. Educated businesses can use the two allowable questions to their advantage. My SD allows me to enjoy the little things in life most people take for granted and levels the playing field. With him, I can be (mostly)a gainfully employed taxpayer vs a home-bound recluse unable to get out of bed.

Grumpy Old Man - 2/7/2014 10:52 AM
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@gorge -- Actually, no, it's not. There is NO requirement of ANY specific training, testing, or certification for "service animals." And, Federal law actually PROHIBITS any business owner from demanding documentation or certification of an animal's training. The "items" being sold are not "fake," they are just possibly being used in a misleading fashion by SOME of their buyers. The problem is that the ADA has given "disabled" people a vast array of special rights: special parking places, special animal access, special tax rates, special toilets, special relaxed academic testing conditions, and on and on. Honest people walk further, leave their pets at home, pay more taxes, take their tests in harsher environments, and poop in smaller, less-well equipped toilets. How many times do you see a car parked in a Handicapped spot, with the DRIVER still behind the wheel? How often is the car with the handicapped plates actually driven by an able-bodied person? In my opinion, it's appropriate to PREVENT discrimination against the disabled, BUT it's another matter when the pendulum swings so far that "the disabled" are given special privileges. And, it is just plain wrong and unfair to allow the irresponsible and morally dishonest to take special privileges to which they are not entitled. That rewards the dishonest at the expense of the honest. That just encourages the decay of society.

gorge - 2/7/2014 9:58 AM
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felony fraud, but the government offers little help to the businesses to enforce the law. they should bust the people selling the fake items.

whosaysnocan - 2/7/2014 5:46 AM
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People that do this are despicable! Our veterans deserve more respect for stepping up and providing the freedoms many take for granted. Would say shame on them, but obviously they have no conscience to be shamed. As one that deals with physical difficulties, I would like these "healthy" people to spend a day living with pain~physical & emotional~just to give them a taste of what it is like. Bravo for those that help those in real need.
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