(SERVICE DOGS/WORKING ANIMALS) NEW YORK — Service dogs and other service pets are on the rise in New York City, and some are concerned with the possibility of fraudulent claims. Service animals provide assistance for those with physical and mental disabilities and the benefits are boundless for those who need them. While some worry those with service pets are taking advantage of disability laws by acquiring them under false pretenses, others suggest the genuine need for these pets should override concerns for fraud. Part of the solution could be a call for apartments to move away from no-pet policies and towards addressing the specific issues involved with having dogs and pets on the premises. Pet parents with service animals or regular pets should be responsible for them, including house training—one of the top complaints from other tenants and apartment management. Read the full article at the New York Times link below for more on the debate surrounding service animals. — Global Animal
K-9 Parish Comfort Dogs Luther and Ruthie with their bags packed and ready for their trip to Boston. Photo Credit: Lutheran Church Charities
Service dogs, like the ones pictured above, are often needed for legitimate medical concerns. Photo Credit: Lutheran Church Charities

Read the New York Times article here: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/29/realestate/getting-a-dog

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