Fake Service Dog Scam and the ADA – Episode 17
Matt and Tony start the show discussing something they have a mutual appreciation for, animals. They begin riffing on service animals and how now a day’s people take them EVERYWHERE, especially in Los Angeles. They delve into some of the rules and regulations of service animals and the different types of service animals. They joke about the lengths people have gone to, to validate their “service” animal.
- [3:21] – What makes a dog a service dog and what venues are service dogs allowed in?
- [04:26] – The history of the first “assistance” dog began in 1929 with the establishment of the first guide dog school called “Seeing Eye” This was for the blind
- [06:15] – It wasn’t until the 1970s that people began getting service dogs for other disabilities. Bonnie Bergan started the push for this and created Canine companions for independence.
- [06:50] – The ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) defines a service animal as any guide dog, signal dog or other dog that is trained to provide assistance to someone who is disabled
- [08:24] – Emotional support dogs are different from service dogs. They’re just meant to provide emotional comfort. In order to get one you need a letter from a mental health professional
- [14:09] – According to the Air Carrier Access Act, emotional support animals can fly with you
- [15:36] – You can have other animals for emotional support, but only dogs can be service animals
- [21:20] – Dolphin Therapy Research Centers for kids with Autism