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Fake Service Dogs: How Some People are Skirting the Law

Fake Service Dogs: How Some People are Skirting the Law

service-dog-539829-mLast 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 HagertyMichael Hagerty is the Senior Producer for Houston Matters. He has a degree in journalism from Abilene Christian University and has served as news director for NPR and PBS stations around Texas and The West, including: KUNR-FM in Reno, Nev.; KNPB-TV in Reno, Nev.; and KWBU-TV/FM in Waco, Texas. He got his start on the air as a college student hosting Morning Edition at KACU-FM in Abilene, Texas. A native of the Chicago area and an avid Cubs fan, Michael spent four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.View all posts by Michael Hagerty →