Originally Posted by Foresthound
Sad,I didn't realize untrained backyard bred dogs could be sold as assistant dogs.
What happened here is clearly fraud. A dog cannot be a service dog and not be trained. I hope the ADA has gotten wind of this.
While the USA does not require service dogs to carry any kind of certification (or even wear designation, etc) a service dog MUST be trained to perform certain tasks for the disabled and can be required to leave public places if they are not behaving appropriately.
You can certainly NOT pass off a dog that chews, is aggressive, not housebroken, etc. as a "service" animal.
Therapy dogs do require certification in order to be eligible to be a part of any organization and recieve insurance (which is necessary to do any therapy work). So a therapy dog should definitely not be sold without having passed the CGC test and if being touted as a service dog or a therapy dog they should (at a very minimum) have CGC paperwork as well as have been handled by multiple trainers with well deserved and wonderful reputations.
The biggest red flag was the fact that the business selling these dogs is a private business and not a not-for-profit.
It is actually a pain-in-the-you-know-what to set up a not-for-profit. In general they are the real-deal when it comes to dog stuff. (For example legitimate breed clubs are not-for-profits and the garbage fakey ones set up for mills and uninformed byb are all corporations)
The sad thing here is the fact that these poor families were taken advantage of because of lack of education. I don't think it is very easy to get good info on finding a good service animal that is already trained and there is a serious shortage of dogs, trainers and funds.
All around it is just terrible. Service animals (and therapy animals) do such amazing things. There are few doggie-related things that upset me more than 1) hearing a story like this and 2) meeting someone who openly admits they call their animal a service animal just to gain admittance to public locations with their pet.