The issue has gotten so far out of control with people claiming that there dog is a service animal that Idaho is considering creating laws under Senate Bill 1312 of making the false representation a misdemeanor, calling it “unlawful use of a service dog”.
Although this is a good step forward to stop this abuse. I am afraid that once the Bill is implemented, the legislators will see that they were negligent in not including other animals. Idaho animal shelters might see an increase in cat adoptions.
The Americans with Disability Act (ADA) has allowed this to get too far out of control. In an effort to protect the disabled, they have created a mechanism to allow overwhelming abuse. This abuse is placing people at risk.
Over a year ago, a child was “mauled” by a pit bull at the Portland International Airport that the owner claimed to be a service animal. The case is now going to court because Alaska Airlines allowed the dog through the airport with out being in a crate. I think the law suit is misdirected; the ADA is responsible because they refuse to create measures to prevent abuse. I believe the ADA believes that it is better to protect one disabled person from unreasonable questioning than to protect society from the abuse of their system.
I think Idaho is taking a good step to forcing compliance; but, until the ADA recognizes the abuse of their of their system, people will continue to be placed in harms way due to laws that are intended to protect our disabled population.