Post by High Priestess on Oct 30, 2017 15:28:47 GMT
So, along with the service animal threads...it's time for the "Fake service animal thread." About guests who want to bring their regular pet, but realize most hosts don't allow this, so they are trying to claim the pet is a service animal when it's not.
"Chris Slavin was in an elevator a couple years ago with Earle, her yellow lab service dog, sitting calmly beside her wheelchair. The elevator doors opened and in walked a woman holding a purse. In the purse was a teacup poodle the color of apricots.
The doors closed just as the poodle spotted Earle. That’s when the trouble started. In an instant, the poodle leaped from the purse, flung himself at Earle, and clamped his teeth into the bigger dog’s snout, leaving Earle bleeding onto the elevator floor.
“As soon as this occurred the woman said the poodle was a service dog,” said Slavin, who has a severe spinal injury that requires use of the wheelchair. “She then said he wasn’t a service dog but an emotional support dog. Finally, she admitted he was a pet she just wanted to bring in the building with her.”
Incidents like that one in Reading, Massachusetts, not far from where Slavin lives in Danvers, have spurred 19 states to enact laws cracking down on people who try to pass off their pets as service animals. The push has been gathering steam in recent years: Virginia implemented its new law in 2016, and Colorado followed suit this year. Massachusetts is now considering a similar proposal."
I wonder what form their "crack down" will take? requirements to carry proof of certification for service animal... or more stringent screening and criteria for certifying the animal and its owner in the first place?
Yes, I'm very curious about that too. It seems it would not be difficult at all to have a service animal registry. Those who register are valid, those who don't, dont' have verified service animals. Done.
Post by beautifularizona on Nov 3, 2017 13:45:51 GMT
Yep, or yelp! might have known it was a purse dog. I feel the need to weigh in on this as besides having an Airbnb listing on my property I also board dogs and have been doing so for about 10 years. I fell into this little venture almost by accident through the local vet in town (small town of Winslow, AZ) who is also a large animal Vet and the only Vet that we use on the family ranch where we have to have state certified inspections and weighings for all of our livestock. Some very good friends of mine were going to Austraila for a month and the closest kennel is 55 miles away. So he recommended me and the rest has been great history as I love dogs and have a very large dog proof backyard. Make a long story short over the course of these many dog sitting experiences I have run into the occasional person who claims to have a "very special service dog" and they have all been un-registered and without exception purse-sized dogs belonging to needy demanding individuals who fall into the same category of the Airbnb guest you never want to host! The Narcissistic Wound with 4 legs. The dogs are always scared to death and just waiting for someone to come and take them away from their captors!
I recently read the last version of the airbnb rules on service dogs and was appalled, as they apply the very large American interpretation of therapeutic or emotional support animal as being a service dog. That does not exist in Europe, but we should accept such guests with their pets without any proof that they have a medical need being serviced by the dog. And without any cleaning fee for this kind of pet either. I did accept one once, not knowing that emotional support dogs even exist. It caused a lot of damage, ruined sheets, other damage due to the actions of the unstable and unreasonable owner. If anyone ever again ask for that, I would refuse because of the person, not the pet. If it’s a real handicap, I would rather admit the person with the pet. (Most really handicapped people would not find my place easy to live in) You can only escape sanctions for cancelling, if you claim danger for your own health, inhabitants or pets. If the animal is not under control, you can evict the pet, but still not the owner. If you rent a full unit, it’s even harder. Instable people should not be allowed to own animals any way, it’s torture for the animal. Or maybe a trained dog the size of a doberman or bigger. Trained to close its fangs on the owner’s arm and growl in response of a hysteric fit. “Calm down or I aply pressure! Not, like it was explained to me by my guest, to put a paw on her knee and give a soulful look if it feels sadness.
Post by High Priestess on Nov 4, 2017 16:18:12 GMT
The potential of people arriving with a service animal which was not disclosed in advance, is a real problem. I've mentioned this before but I'll say again, one way to try to prevent this problem is to state in your house rules that "Pets are not allowed on the property. If you intend to bring an animal you must disclose this in advance. Failure to disclose in advance that you intend to bring an animal to my property will result in an immediate termination of your reservation and forfeiture of all fees."
Note that this accomplishes the purpose of refusing the guest at the door, not because they have a service animal, but because they did not disclose this in advance. It seems only reasonable that a host know in advance if someone intends to bring an animal, as preparations may have to be made for it. For instance, some hosts with more than one guest room, may not generally accept pets, but will set aside one room and only one where service animals would be allowed. Alternatively, if you really do not want any animals in your home, it's only by knowing in advance that someone will be bringing one, that you can decline the reservation.
What a wonderful time it is for the scammer, the conniver, and the cheat: the underage drinkers who flash fake I.D.s, the able-bodied adults who drive cars with handicapped license plates, the parents who use a phony address so that their child can attend a more desirable public school, the customers with eleven items who stand in the express lane. The latest group to bend the law is pet owners.
Take a look around. See that St. Bernard slobbering over the flank steak at Whole Foods? Isn’t that a Rottweiler sitting fourth row, mezzanine, at Carnegie Hall? As you will have observed, an increasing number of your neighbors have been keeping company with their pets in human-only establishments, cohabiting with them in animal-unfriendly apartment buildings and dormitories, and taking them (free!) onto airplanes—simply by claiming that the creatures are their licensed companion animals and are necessary to their mental well-being. No government agency keeps track of such figures, but the numbers of such animals people are bringing everywhere has dramatically increased. In 2011 the National Service Animal Registry, a commercial enterprise that sells certificates, vests, and badges for helper animals, signed up twenty-four hundred emotional-support animals. Last year, it registered eleven thousand.