|Barked: Sun Jun 30, '13 10:36pm PST |
|It really depends on where you live and the service dog laws and legislation in your area. Research the service dog laws in your area.
Here's what I found:
Title 17 – Crimes
Chapter 42 – Animal Welfare
17 § 1314-A. Misrepresentation of service dog.
A person who fits a dog with a harness, collar, vest or sign of the type commonly used by blind persons in order to represent that the dog is a service dog or commonly used by persons with disabilities to represent that the dog is a service dog when training of the type that guide dogs normally receive has not been provided or when the dog does not meet the definition of “service dog” as defined in section 1312 commits a civil violation for which a fine of not more than $500 may be adjudged.
Here is the Service dog licensing form of Maine, direct from the government website:
If a dog does not preform a specific task or tasks for a disabled person, whether a mental or a physical, and are not trained to preform those specific tasks then they can not be considered a service dog. A service dog is well behaved and properly trained to fulfill the tasks needed by their handler. I have a friend who has a service dog, and even with the vest off, he is a very good dog with proper doggie manners.
At best, the dog could be considered an ESA, or Emotional Support Animal, which is NOT a service dog. An ESA does not have as many rights as a service dog, they can not go into stores, malls, restaurants, etc.
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