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Fake Service Dogs: How Some People are Skirting the Law

Last September, a new law went into effect that makes it easier for someone with a disability to bring a service dog into a restaurant or business. It also gives more authority to local police officers to enforce that law and establishes significant penalties for those who violate it. But some issues surrounding service dogs […]

Last September, a new law went into effect that makes it easier for someone with a disability to bring a service dog into a restaurant or business. It also gives more authority to local police officers to enforce that law and establishes significant penalties for those who violate it.

But some issues surrounding service dogs in Texas still loom. For instance, fake service dog vests and badges can easily be obtained online for dogs that don’t have the proper training. We learn more from Lex Frieden, one of the architects of the landmark Americans with Disabilities Act in 1990, and a Professor of Biomedical Informatics at the UT Health Science Center here in Houston. Frieden also directs the Southwest ADA Center at TIRR Memorial Hermann.

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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