[nagdu] What's Putting These Dogs In Danger?
B Avila Guerrero
guerrero.avila at sbcglobal.net
Fri Apr 29 00:56:00 UTC 2011
Julie, was he talking about the people who are passing their dogs off as
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*"We're really getting to an area that's not only dangerous for
the general public, but it's dangerous for the people making use
of those dogs," he said.*
Ummm, so blind/disabled people are too stupid to figure out when the dog
they are working with isn't safe?
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Subject: [nagdu] What's Putting These Dogs In Danger?
> What's Putting These Dogs In Danger?
> Wednesday, April 27, 2011
> DETROIT -- Service dogs spend their lives helping humans, but now
> more and more humans are pulling a scam online that is putting
> these dogs in danger.
> Decades have been spent fighting for service dogs to be allowed
> in restaurants, businesses and airplanes. Now, some say that hard
> work is in jeopardy.
> Watch video: What's Putting These Dogs In Danger
> Rod Haneline is the chief program and service officer at Leader
> Dogs for the Blind in Rochester Hills. He said there's a new scam
> popping up where people are are buying service dog ID badges and
> harnesses for their own household pets, instead of for a trained
> and certified dog.
> "We're really getting to an area that's not only dangerous for
> the general public, but it's dangerous for the people making use
> of those dogs," he said.
> Leader Dogs for the Blind has been in business since 1939, and
> has been providing trained dogs, free of charge, to those who
> utilize them.
> The dogs must complete a 16- to 18- week course. Haneline said
> about 40 percent of dogs pass the necessary requirements to
> become service dogs.
> He said the dogs handlers are trained just as rigorous.
> "That instructor serves a three-year apprenticeship. And, once
> again, they have to meet all IGDF standards throughout that
> apprenticeship," Haneline said.
> Richard Michael is a class coordinator for the company.
> "If we allow every dog access, or every animal access, then you
> will never see a service dog in an aircraft or restaurant," he
> With hundreds of hours spent on each dog's training, Michael said
> it's just not right for someone to be able to pay money and
> receive a badge saying their pet is certified.
> "The pet is there and we can all enjoy companionship, the service
> dog has a specific role to play," he said.
> He warned that the dogs with the fake badges could be dangerous
> and act out in a public setting. He said all it takes is once
> incident involving an unruly animal to tarnish the work of real
> service dogs.
> Under the law, a business does have the right to ensure that the
> dog being brought into the establishment is clean and under
> control. They cannot ask what the disability is but can ask what
> assistance the dog is providing.
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