Fake “service dog” tags are becoming more common amongst dog owners in New York City. People have been using them in order to take their dogs virtually anywhere as well as get discounts on certain items like tickets for the Hampton Jitney. These tags are also easily accessible as folks can find them online. Tags, vests, patches, and even certificates are available. However, these tactics are obviously illegal and circumvent the city Health department as well as break federal regulations to aid the disabled.
“I was sick of tying up my dog outside,” said Brett David, 33, a restaurateur whose tiny pooch, Napoleon, wore an unofficial “therapy dog” patch during a visit to Whole Foods on Houston Street. “Sometimes, they’ll give me a hassle and say bring the papers next time, but for five bucks, you order [a patch] off eBay, and it works 90 percent of the time,” he told The Post.
The thing about these tags is the they’re issued but not regulated so it’s easy to get away with. To get a tag an owner only need fill out an application and get a letter from a dog trainer saying the dog can perform certain tasks. Disability proof isn’t required.
It’s almost as though these tags are replaces rewards cards. Sounds kind of sick but people are gaining more access to places and faster just because their dog has tags. What do you think?