Fake Service and Emotional Support Dogs on the Rise
While you may think it’s fun and a harmless lark to parade your smart pooch around in a fake vest or harness, this is not an innocent trick without consequences.
By Tamra Bolton
Service dogs and the people they help have always garnered the upmost respect and admiration, but in this new age of entitlement and self-serving attitudes, this is sadly no longer the case.
In many places now, service dogs are eyed with suspicion and in some instances, treated with hostility. The explosion of fake service dogs in the last five years has caused severe collateral damage to the real service dogs and their owners.
According to Service Dog Central, there are between 100,000 and 200,000 legitimate service dogs in the United States. These dogs are invaluable to the people they help. The independence and emotional support these dogs provide to their owners is often life-saving.