Service Dogs: Faking It?


POSTED: Friday, November 15, 2013 - 5:00pm

UPDATED: Friday, November 15, 2013 - 5:09pm

Use of imposter service dogs is a growing problem. Katie Taube reports.

(KSNW) It's become a growing problem for the disabled community, and it's a federal crime.

The use of imposter service animals poses a danger both to dogs and the people they serve.
"The mobility assist, the PTSD dogs, the allergy alert..." lists Toney Turner.
He grew up training bird dogs with his dad.
Now, he's turned that passion into a business training service dogs.

He says more and more he sees people with dogs who wear a vest, but have no formal training or medical need to back it up.
"They're basically taking a pet with no training and buying a vest and getting a card online," says Turner.

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