Fake Service Pets



SAYING MOST OF THE KIDS WERE LEAVING WITHOUT TIPPING THE WAIT STAFF. DO YOU THINK THE DRINKING AGE SHOULD BE LOWER? IT'S AN IDEA THEY ARE CONSIDERING IN WISCONSIN. THREE LAWMAKERS ARE SUGGESTING IT BE LOWERED TO 19, BUT THEY SAY IT WILL ONLY GO INTO EFFECT IF WISCONSIN DOESN'T LOSE HIGHWAY FUNDS AS A RESULT. THE LEGAL AGE IS 18 OR 19 AND MOST OF EUROPE AND CANADA. THE NEXT TIME YOU BOARD A PLANE, YOU COULD BE SITTING NEXT TO A DOG, A CAT, MAYBE EVEN A DUCK. TRAVELERS ARE SEEING MORE ANIMALS ON FLIGHTS AND MANY OF THEM COULD BE GETTING A FREE RIDE UNDER FALSE PRETENSES. 8 ON YOUR SIDE JAMEL LANEE' FROM TAMPA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT SHOWING US JUST HOW EASY IT IS TO REGISTER A PET AS AN EMOTIONAL SUPPORT ANIMAL AND FLY FOR FREE. BUT THAT IS NOT YOUR DOG, IS IT? Reporter: THIS IS PICKLE, LEE'S.. COMES AROUND THE STATION A LOT. BUT I JUST WANT TO TELL YOU HOW EASY IT WAS TO SIGN UP PICKLES — PICKLE AS AN EMOTIONAL SUPPORT BACK. ALL I HAD TO DO IS UPLOAD A PICTURE ONLINE AND IT WAS DONE WITHIN SECONDS. I DIDN'T NEED A DOCTOR'S NOTE OR EVEN NEED PROOF THAT I NEEDED AN EMOTIONAL SUPPORT ANIMAL. EXPERTS SAY PEOPLE ARE TAKING ADVANTAGE OF THIS. JUSTINE FRANKS FLIES EVERYWHERE WITH HER DAUGHTER RILEY. I WAS ASK IF I CAN HAVE AN AISLE SEAT. IF THE PERSON I AM FLYING NEXT TO HIS COMFORTABLE WITH THE ANIMAL. Reporter: FRANK'S SUFFERS SEVERE ANXIETY AND HAS A PEANUT ALLERGY. SHE SAYS RILEY, AN EMOTIONAL SUPPORT DOG SERVES TO HELP WITH BOTH CONDITIONS BUT NOWADAYS, STEPPING ON AN AIRCRAFT CAN LOOK MORE LIKE A ZOO. CATS, PIGS, DUCKS, TURKEYS, SQUIRRELS. SQUIRRELS? YOU NAME IT. ANYONE CAN REGISTER THEIR PET AS AN EMOTIONAL SUPPORT ANIMAL AND FLY. PASSENGERS WITH ALLERGIES SAY IT'S FRUSTRATING AND THE PET POPULATION IS GETTING OUT OF CONTROL. BEING IN SOMEONE'S ARMS FOR THE ENTIRE FLIGHT WITHOUT A RESERVED SEAT IS FRUSTRATING. I JUST DISAGREE WITH THAT STRONGLY. Reporter: ESPECIALLY WHEN THE ANIMALS BECOME DISRUPTIVE. LIKE THE TIME PASSENGERS SAY THIS 70 POUND PIG WOULD NOT STOP SQUEALING AND DEFECATED ON THE AIRPLANE FLOOR. THIS MAN WENT THROUGH A TSA CHECKPOINT WITH HIS THERAPY MONKEY BUT NEVER TOLD THE AIRLINE ABOUT THESE — ABOUT THE ANIMAL AND SNUCK IT ON INSIDE A DUFFEL BAG. EMOTIONAL SUPPORT ANIMALS ARE NOT THE SAME AS SERVICE ANIMALS. HOWEVER, EMOTIONAL SUPPORT ANIMALS CAN FLY WITH THEIR OWNERS WITH DOCUMENTATION. SUZIE WILBURN WITH SOUTHEASTERN GUIDE DOGS SAYS FIXING THE PROBLEM STARTS WITH THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. REGULATING WEBSITES WHERE PEOPLE SIGN UP. ONE OF THE BIGGEST PROBLEMS IS IF YOU HAVE A PET, YOU CAN GO ONLINE TO SOME PLACES AND UPLOAD YOUR PET'S PHOTO TO AN ID THAT SAYS IT'S A SERVICE DOG. Reporter: WILLBURTON IS BLIND AND HAS A SERVICE DOG. SHE SAYS SHE GETS TONS OF COMPLAINTS ABOUT PEOPLE ABUSING THE SYSTEM. JUST SO THEIR PETS CAN FLY FOR FREE. THIS YEAR ALONE, SHE HAS RECEIVED SEVERAL CALLS FROM HEATHROW AIRPORT IN BRITAIN, CHECKING THE LEGITIMACY OF PASSENGERS USING THE COMPANY LETTERHEAD ON SIGNED DOCUMENTS TO GET THEIR ANIMALS ON INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS. IT TURNS OUT, THE LETTERS WERE FAKE. I WOULD LOVE TO BE ABLE TO JUST HAVE YOU KNOW, LIKE YOU HAVE A DRIVERS LICENSE ISSUED BY THE GOVERNMENT. WHY NOT HAVE THAT FOR MY DOG? IT WOULD MAKE LIFE A LOT EASIER. THEN THOSE PEOPLE WITHOUT LEGITIMATE DOGS WOULDN'T BE SO EAGER TO FAKE IT. WOULD YOU FAKE A PROSTHETIC LEG? I MEAN WHAT YOU? WOULD YOU CUT YOUR LEG OFF TO GET SOME BENEFIT THAT SOMEBODY WHO IS AN AMPUTEE GETS? I KNOW THAT IS EXTREME, BUT IT'S THE SAME THING. Reporter: THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION OVERSEAS THE GUIDELINES FOR SERVICE ANIMALS AND AS FAR AS THEM FLYING, WE KNOW THAT THIS YEAR ALONE, OR LAST YEAR, SEVERAL AIRLINES REACHED OUT TO THE DEPARTMENT TO ASK THEM TO LIMIT THE NUMBER OF SERVICE ANIMALS THAT TRAVEL ON FLIGHTS. TWO QUESTIONS. YOU SIGNED UP ONLINE AND YOU HAVE ONE OF THESE NOW? IN THE SECOND IS WHERE DOES THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION STAND ON THIS ISSUE? Reporter: IT TOOK ME TO ANOTHER LINK WHEN I SIGNED UP WITH THE OPTION TO PURCHASE A KIT WHICH INCLUDED THE CERTIFICATE, THE BADGE, AND AS WELL AS THE HARNESS FOR THE ANIMAL, SO IT WAS FAIRLY EASY. I JUST DID IT AGAIN 10 MINUTES AGO. AS FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION THERE WAS AN ADVISORY COMMITTEE TO LOOK INTO

33 thoughts on “Fake Service Pets

  1. If service dogs are medical equipment and since a fake service dog is a risk to the public, then why not classify them like risky drugs and require a prescription to bring them in public? I can't carry a handful of Vicodin around without a valid prescription, so why not for service dogs? Most people with disabilities (including me) see doctors on a regular basis anyway, so it wouldn't be that big of an inconvenience. There could be different classifications for the service dog depending on the level of access needed. You could also have a certain dog's permission to work revoked (temporarily or permanently, depending on the level of misbehavior) if they caused trouble (limiting the impact of doctors who give out prescriptions willy-nilly) while still allowing that person to have the prescription so they could try a different dog.

  2. I have a Service Dog to help me balance because I'm a stroke survivor with 3 knee surgeries. He's 120 lbs and when I flew with him I had to BUY HIM HIS OWN SEAT! Fly free? NOPE!

  3. I know ADA laws because I DO have a service dog, and all registries are fake and it just makes this problem worse because workers can’t kick you off they can only ask “is that a service dog” and “what tasked are it trained to do”

  4. Emotional Support animals are not covered by the ADA so if airlines are giving them the same rights as a Service animal then that is their fault.

  5. why is needing emotional support 'fake'? It's animal hating people who are fake… fake allergies, fake fear of germs, fake fear of every animal alive. Before the world was a prison planet critters were welcomed pretty much everywhere. Now only miserable 'real' handicapped service pet handlers can take their dogs in public. If you hate animals that much, please stay indoors and NEVER come out. You won't be missed.

  6. https://abcnews.go.com/beta-story-container/US/airlines-crack-emotional-support-animals-plane-cabins/story?id=56791124

  7. Man, I’m at an airport right now, and I have already had 3 FAKE service dogs lunge at my SD and bark at her. It’s ridiculous

  8. I have owner trained all of my service dogs and an id would make it extremely difficult for people like me who don't go through a program. People should be educating others, not trying to set more rules. The current people who fake service dogs don't care about the law and just want to have "fluffy" with them. Please just educate fakes can be prevented, majority of workers in stores don't know their legal rights when it comes to service dogs.

  9. ESD DON'T HAVE afferization go into airports. From what I know of. Every state have different laws for the ADA.

  10. I would much rather deal with a cat or squirrel than an annoying screaming children that people bring on planes. ?

  11. stop it stop it STOOOP ITTTT!! THE ADA NEEDS TO START GIVING OUT SOME FORM OF ID!! I AM DONE WITH THIS BULLCRAP!! YOU CAN NOT FAKE A SERVICE ANIMAL! I KNOW IT'S ILLEGAL TO ASK FOR PROOF BUT STILL!!

  12. I lost my eyesight for 8 months and probably will be blind . I know for a fact I would not be able to produce a piece of paper because it was hard enough to tie my shoes.

  13. As it stands the ADA, Americans with Disabilities Act does not require any form of indentifiers like a harness, special collar-leash combos, or tags for service dogs. The ADA does not require professional training as long as the owner/trainer is capable of training the dog on his or her own. You still have to adhere to the requirements of the dog having excellent basic obedience and social skills an must alert to the handlers condition and/or be trained to do a minimum of three tasks in order to be labeled as a service dog. Most pet dog owners do not train their dogs in excellent basic obedience let alone train even ok basic obedience.

  14. I know a lot of service dog handlers would be against it, but I think it would only make things better if we had an official ID like a
    DL. If nothing else it would combat the fake ones… and be easier for those of us with PTSD and/or anxiety etc…

  15. Emotional support dogs are not covered b by ADA like service dogs are you can't take them to non dog friendly places

  16. Videos like this are harmful and misleading to those who don't understand service dog laws. ESAs are not service animals! NOBODY SAID THEY WERE! Anyone who does is lying! The ADA is not complex on this issue. You can bitch about ESAs all you want, but leave service animals out of it (including the clickbait title). Also fuck those people whining about animals on planes, children are every bit as disruptive but we don't make those ride with baggage.

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