Cracking Down on Fake Service Dogs

Route Fifty: On a trip to Walt Disney World, Karen Shirk and her service dog were forced to take roundabout routes between attractions to avoid a woman with a snarling chihuahua clad in a service dog vest.

"We had to go way out of our way at least eight times to get to the ride we were going to, because this woman was there with this fake service dog chihuahua," said Shirk, CEO of 4 Paws For Ability, an Ohio-based nonprofit that trains and places service dogs with children and veterans. "It was in her bag, but it would jump out and come barking and lunging and snapping at us."

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