Remove FAKE Service Dog registries from the web

Remove FAKE Service Dog registries from the web

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Samantha Skelton started this petition to United States Department of Justice United States Department of Justice and

It should be illegal for websites to offer Service Dog registration for people throughout the USA to untrained dogs. This could also pertain to Emotional Support Animals.

It is already illegal to falsely represent your pet or any other animal as a service animal. Some states will charge you with a misdemeanor and up to $1,000 or 6 months in prison (California), or no more than $500 and up to 90 days in prison (Michigan). No city or state may “require” a handler to register their service dog or show proof of training (as many service dogs are owner trained). They can, however, ask if the dog is used to mitigate a disability and ask what tasks the dog performs, these are the only two questions anyone is allowed to ask. They may not ask what the disability is.

According to the ADA “entities may not require documentation, such as proof that the animal has been certified, trained, or licensed as a service animal, as a condition for entry.” https://www.ada.gov/regs2010/service_animal_qa.html

First off, there is no official database or “registry” for service animals. This is why a “service dog registration” website is fraudulent. Service dog handlers are not required to get or carry any kind of service dog “registration” or “certificate” and businesses are not permitted to ask for one. Some states offer an “optional” registry that helps to make things easier for the handler, but this is because of the multitude of fake registry sites.

A service dog is not considered a “pet” and should not be referred to as “pet”.

Bringing a fake “registered service dog” (or ESA for that matter) into a public space where only service dogs are allowed is endangering the lives of those with a disability and/or could cause a task trained service dog to miss an alert that endangers the life of their handler. An Emotional Support Animal (ESA) is not allowed entry into public spaces due to the fact that the sole service is “comfort” or “emotional support”.

Most of these businesses make their money off people who believe that your service dog must be registered or certified by someone to be a “real” service dog or ESA.

Most Service Dogs in the USA are “owner trained”, this means that they are trained day in and day out by their handler, they have spent hours each day task training their dog to mitigate their disability. When an untrained fake “registered” service dog is taken in public, it can cause a distraction (even if for a few seconds) that can cause the dog to miss an alert and the handler could have a seizure, a low blood sugar alert, faint, a panic attack, etc. I personally have a disability where I can use a service dog and am currently training one. It hurts to see how many handlers fear going out in public because their service dog has been attacked by a fake in the past.

If someone asks to pet your service dog or asks you their name so they can call out to your dog or do anything that may distract your dog, this may be considered harassment and can result in a fine or imprisonment, laws vary by state.

If anyone has questions regarding service animals or the ADA, they can contact the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) at 202-514-2000 or visit https://www.justice.gov/contact-us

Be sure to always check if where you’re going is pet-friendly. Many state parks, beaches, and playgrounds are not pet-friendly and if you see that they are, the pet must usually be on a 6-foot leash or shorter.

Fake registry websites profit off those who don’t have all the facts, and put handlers' lives in danger.

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