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Re: Emotional Support Service Dogs???

just because someone doesn't see a disability doesn't mean there isn't one. my aunts friend had one after she was raped, she was petrified to go anywhere alone and her dog helped her to leave her house.

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Makes me nervous when we read that someone uses a service dog for "emotional" needs. Can you imagine what that person will go through when that service dog for emotional support dies? I think all posters understands the purpose of a service dog for physical needs...it's the emotional part that has me questioning.

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No, they are not all fakes but there are people abusing the system. I would love to take my dog everywhere with me but it's not going to happen.

What about people that are afraid or allergic to dogs? What if the dog is not properly socialized, and a child runs up to pet it? Only in specific. medically ordered cases, and only after specialized training should a pet be considered a 'support' pet.

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Re: Emotional Support Service Dogs???

On 6/14/2014 lacey1 said:

No, they are not all fakes but there are people abusing the system. I would love to take my dog everywhere with me but it's not going to happen.

What about people that are afraid or allergic to dogs? What if the dog is not properly socialized, and a child runs up to pet it? Only in specific. medically ordered cases, and only after specialized training should a pet be considered a 'support' pet.


well said...

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On 6/14/2014 minkbunny said:

An emotional support animal (ESA) is a companion animal that provides therapeutic benefit, such as alleviating or mitigating some symptoms of the disability, to an individual with a mental or psychiatric disability.

Emotional support animals are typically dogs and cats, but may include other animals. In order to be prescribed an emotional support animal by a physician or other medical professional, the person seeking such an animal must have a verifiable disability.

To be afforded protection under United States federal law, a person must meet the federal definition of disability and must have a note from a physician or other medical professional stating that the person has that disability and that the emotional support animal provides a benefit for the individual with the disability. An animal does not need specific training to become an emotional support animal.

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On 6/14/2014 brii said:

They are just going to make it harder for somebody who really needs a service animal.


Exactly.



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There was a lady at the grocery store a few days ago with a dog, who had on a vest, that was obviously not a "service" animal. The dog was playing and the lady swatted its rear end.

When I got up to her, I said that I hoped I didn't see that she just hit her dog. She said that she was just getting the dog's attention. Felt like asking her why she didn't just call the dogs name. I think she got my point, though.

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On 6/14/2014 brii said:
On 6/14/2014 lacey1 said:

No, they are not all fakes but there are people abusing the system. I would love to take my dog everywhere with me but it's not going to happen.

What about people that are afraid or allergic to dogs? What if the dog is not properly socialized, and a child runs up to pet it? Only in specific. medically ordered cases, and only after specialized training should a pet be considered a 'support' pet.


well said...

Agreed.


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We have other social problems:

Lack of compassion. There is treatment for that.

And more urgently, a need for understanding of mental disorders which would cause a shift back to taking early treatment and ongoing treatment very seriously.

Really, we have bigger fish to fry than this disdain for individual situations that we don't know the particulars and it's none of our business to know them. This attitude is like picking on people for having a weakness that is not understood. A different kind of bullying. Just what they need. You could also tell them to get over it. That would work.

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On 6/14/2014 Free2be said:

We have other social problems:

Lack of compassion. There is treatment for that.

And more urgently, a need for understanding of mental disorders which would cause a shift back to taking early treatment and ongoing treatment very seriously.

Really, we have bigger fish to fry than this disdain for individual situations that we don't know the particulars and it's none of our business to know them. This attitude is like picking on people for having a weakness that is not understood. A different kind of bullying. Just what they need. You could also tell them to get over it. That would work.

this same thing happens with handicap permit. just because you don't see a disability doesn't mean there isn't one.

many love to do this.

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