Ease of online service dog registry pollutes legitimate needs

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NIGHT.

WE WILL CONTINUE TO MONITOR THIS STORY.

TAKING ADVANTAGE OF A POTENTIALLY LIVE SAVING SERVICE.

WE SHOWED YOU SOME VETERANS SUFFERING FROM PTSD AND HOW THEY ARE BENEFITING FROM THE USE OF SERVICE DOGS TODAY ON THE NEWS AT 5:00.

AT THE SAME TIME THERE ARE PEOPLE OUT THERE ABUSING THE VERY SAME SERVICE.

YEAH, SO WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO REGISTER YOUR DOG AS A SERVICE DOG? APPARENTLY A CREDIT CARD WILL DO THE TRICK.

THE DEFENDERS MYRA ARTHUR TAKES A CLOSER LOOK AT WHAT SERVICE DOG ORGANIZATIONS CALL A GIANT LOOPHOLE AND HOW THAT IS IMPACTING THOSE WITH LEGITIMATE NEEDS.

DO YOU THINK WEBSITE LIKE THAT NEED TO BE SHUT DOWN? ABSOLUTELY.

ABSOLUTELY SHUT DOWN.

LORI, OWNER AND OPERATOR OF SERVICE DOG EXPRESS IS REFERRING TO SITES LIKE THESE WHERE ANYONE CAN REGISTER A DOG AS A SERVICE DOG.

ALL YOU NEED IS A WAY TO PAY.

IT'S JUST REALLY A DISCREDIT TO THE PEOPLE WHO REALLY, REALLY NEED AND USE THESE DOGS.

PEOPLE LIKE TROY, A VETERAN WHO SURVIVED AN IUD BLAST.

KATIE HELPS HIM COPE WITH ANXIETY AND SEIZURES.

WE THOUGHT IT WAS A FLUKE.

A COUPLE OF DAYS LATER SHE ALERTED ME AGAIN.

TO SHOW HOW EASY IT IS, I REGISTERED MY OWN DOG AS A SERVICE ANIMAL ONLINE.

NO DOCUMENTATION OR PROOF THAT SHE IS TRAINED, JUST A CREDIT CARD PAYMENT NEEDED.

A FEW DAYS AND $100 LATER I RECEIVED A LEASH, A CERTIFICATE, AND A CARD THAT SAYS MY DOG IS ALLOWED ACCESS TO BUSINESSES AND TRANSPORTATION UNDER FEDERAL LAW.

WAIT, WAIT.

LAURA HAS EXPERIENCED FIRSTHAND HOW FAKE SERVICE DOGS CAN HAVE A VERY REAL IMPACT.

I HAVE CEREBRAL PALSY.

IT MAKES MY LIFE AND LEKI'S LIFE MORE DIFFICULT BECAUSE WE HAVE TO TAKE EXTRA STEPS TO PROVE THAT WE ARE WHAT WE ARE.

THAT WE ARE THAT TEAM AND WE ARE QUALIFIED TO BE THAT TEAM.

THERE ARE A NUMBER OF PEOPLE WHO BRING THEIR DOGS IN AND CAN BUY THESE VESTS OFF THE WEBSITE AND THE I.

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TAGS OFF THE WEBSITE AND BRING THEM IN AND THE DOGS DO END UP DOING THINGS LIKE BARKING EXCESSIVELY OR SHOWING AGGRESSION.

DOING HIS CLIENTS A DISSERVICE.

IF YOU NEED A SERVICE DOG GO THROUGH THE RIGHT SERVICES.

IF NOT, LEAVE THE DOG AT HOME.

NOW THERE IS NO FEDERALLY RUN SERVICE DOG REGISTRY AND MANY OF THESE SITES DO SAY THAT REPRESENTING A DOG AS A SERVICE ANIMAL AND MISREPRESENTING THAT ANIMAL IS ILLEGA AND UNETHICAL.

BUT, AGAIN, THERE'S NOTHING STOPPING PEOPLE FROM DOING THAT, STEVE.

NOTHING.

IS THERE A PENALTY FOR USING A FAKE SERVICE DOG? UNDER THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT, NO, THERE IS NOT.

UNDER TEXAS LAW A PERSON CAN FACE A MAXIMUM $300 FINE FOR IMPROPER USE OF A SERVICE ANIMAL.

WHAT CAN BE DONE ABOUT THIS PROBLEM? I DID SPEAK WITH SOMEONE IN HOUSTON.

THEY BELIEVE THEY STRENGTHENING THESE RESTRICTIONS COULD LIMIT THE ACCESS THAT PEOPLE WHO DO HAVE LEGITIMATE NEEDS HAVE TO THESE SERVICE DOGS AND ALSO INCUR MORE COSTS FOR THEM.

A SPOKESPERSON DID TELL ME THEY THINK THAT IF SOMEONE IS OUT THERE WHO WANTS TO CHEAT THE SYSTEM THEY WILL FIND A WAY TO DO SO.

WE ARE REACHING OUT TO LAWMAKERS TO FIND OUT HOW THEY FEEL ABOUT THIS ISSUE TO SEE IF IT'S.

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