Service animals have become an incredibly common thing in recent years, and they aren’t just for those who are blind, deaf, or have issues with seizures. Anxiety service animals are more common than they used to be, as are service animals for those with autism spectrum disorders. All that being said, because there are more animals out there to deal with more health issues, there are also a lot more people who are being fraudulent with their pets.
Florida has decided to step in and try to put a stop to this issue, by charging people with fraud if they are caught being fraudulent with an animal, claiming for it to be a service animal. Now, of course, they put in a provision where that a person cannot be asked for their papers in order to prove that their service dog is a service dog, but there are plenty of other ways for them to figure it out, including digging through and looking through any evidence that may indicate that their service animal really doesn’t do anything for them except provide companionship.
What does this mean for those who have service animals legitimately? Absolutely nothing, to be honest. Florida made the laws lenient enough so that people would not have to worry if their animals are actually considered to be service animals and have the training and the certification to do so. That being said, for those who have been fraudulent with their pets and calling them service animals, it’s time to rethink how you’re taking care of things – there are a number of people who legitimately need the help of furry friends to get through their daily life, and it could make it harder on them if people keep being fraudulent with their supposed service animals.
What do you think about Florida’s attempts to make it so that people cannot fake whether or not their pet is a service animal? Do you believe it’s the right direction, or does something more need to be able to happen to ensure that this doesn’t become a bigger issue?