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home : columns : rahn larson
August 20, 2019


7/10/2019 3:17:00 PM
Service dog law to take effect
Apparently, a new Minnesota law is about to turn the dark underworld of fake service dogs upside down.
Yes, owners and fake dogs, the jig is up. Starting Aug. 1, violators will be fined $100 for misrepresenting their dogs as "service dogs." I guess they will have to go back to being just dogs.
Honestly, I didn't know there were fake service dogs. Imagine how many times I've been duped.
Upon further investigation, I learned that a faker could go to great lengths to pass off Fido as a service dog. Google "fake service dog" and you might find fake service dog vests and even fake service dog registrations.
When you think of the lengths people go, it's unbelievable.
I'm told folks try to use the service dog designation to get their pets on airplanes and into restaurants, retail stores and other public places. There have been reports of such dogs jumping on people and even biting them.
Personally, I wouldn't see the value of passing off our dogs, Louie and Lady, as service dogs. Besides, it seems to me the dog needs to look the part - at least a little bit.
I definitely don't see Louie being able to pull it off. All it would take is for some amiable dog to look Louie's way and it would be like, "I wanna play! I wanna play! Please, please, please, can I?"
As you can imagine, the untrained fake service dogs put true service dogs - the ones that cost tens of thousands of dollars to train - in a bad light. Service dogs are important to the blind and others with disabilities and health conditions.
As for Louie and Lady, I'm hoping their best service will be found in the duck blind, or on the trail of a wily ringneck.







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