Fake service dogs create real problems. Those are the exact words in a Tumblr post by user trainingfaith on the topic of using fake service animals. She is not only annoyed and angry, but she points out some spot-on reasons how fake service animals are harming the real ones. What makes her post different is that the Internet can’t get enough.
In her hot topic piece, she writes about a woman who brings her purse-sized dog into a coffee house, unzips the animal, and allows it to beg and eat from food on her plate. Customers end up leaving because the woman says the animal is her service dog.
She then compares this situation to her own, with a real trained service dog. She says, “I walk in with my highly trained service dog pressed against my leg in a perfect heel position and I’m quickly bombarded by the manager telling me ‘No dogs! No dogs!’ We ALL know what happened last time!” Her dog is a medical alert and psychiatric service dog.
Her post goes on to say that businesses are losing customers because of the fake service dog epidemic. Tumblr users jump on board with their own experiences, and the post is epic, timely, and something anyone with a fake service dog needs to read.
What are your thoughts on the fake service dog epidemic?