19 N.Y.U. J. Legis. & Pub. Pol'y 771 (2016)
Preventing the Abuse of Service Animal Regulations

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  PREVENTING THE ABUSE OF SERVICE

              ANIMAL REGULATIONS

                            Sande  Buhai*

                            INTRODUCTION

     Although  no  reliable data exists, recent news  reports suggest
widespread  abuse  of federal service animal rules designed to protect
people  with disabilities as follows: Fake Service Dogs  Create Real
Problems;1  Woman   Lied  About  Emotional  Support Animal  So  She
Could  Fly  with Dog;2   Pets Posing  as Service  Dogs  Make   Life
Tough  for People Who   Really Need  Animals'  Help;3 National Epi-
demic  of Horrible People Pretending  to be Disabled;4 Fake Service
Dog  Gear  Creates Problems  for Americans  with Disabilities;5 New
Yorkers  Use Bogus   'Therapy Dog'  Tags to Take  Fido Everywhere.6
     Abuse   of service  animal  regulations has  created a  backlash
against people with  disabilities who really need such animals: 'Get


   * Clinical Professor of Law and Director of the Public Interest Department,
Loyola Law School, Los Angeles. She would like to thank Professor Theodore Seto
for his unending support. She also wants to be clear that this article in no way is meant
to suggest that people should not have pets. The author works with many non-profit
rescue groups and encourages the adoption of pets from shelters. Having a pet can
make for a happier, healthier and longer life.
   1. Monica Robins, Fake Service Dogs Create Real Problems, WKYC (Feb. 14,
2014),  http://legacy.wkyc.com/story/news/health/2014/02/14/fake-service-dogs/
5254085.
   2. Woman Lied About Having Emotional Illness So She Could Fly with Dog, ABC
NEWS  (Apr. 4, 2015), http://abcnews.go.com/2020/video/woman-lied-emotional-ill-
ness-fly-dog-30097006.
   3. Carter Evans, Pets Posing as Service Dogs Make Life Rough for People Who
Really Need Animals' Help, CBS NEWS (Nov. 17, 2013), http://www.cbsnews.com/
news/pets-posing-as-service-dogs-make-life-tough-for-people-who-really-need-ani-
mals-help.
   4. Brad Tuttle, National Epidemic of Horrible People Pretending to be Disabled,
TIME  (Oct. 12, 2013), http://business.time.com/2013/10/12/national-epidemic-of-hor-
rible-people-pretending-to-be-disabled.
   5. Kate Santich, Fake Service-Dog Gear Creates Problems for Americans with
Disabilities, ORLANDO SENTINEL (Aug. 16, 2013), http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/
2013-08-07/features/os-fake-service-dogs-20130807.1 _service-dog-dog-walk-ser-
vice-animal.
   6. Tara Palmeri, New Yorkers Use Bogus Therapy Dog Tags to Take Fido Eve-
 rywhere, N.Y. POST (Aug. 5, 2013), http://nypost.com/2013/08/05/new-yorkers-use-
 bogus-therapy-dog-tags-to-take-fido-everywhere.

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