Wow.... looks like i poked the hornets nest on this one. Not trying to turn this into an ethical debate but i do want to clarify my position. First and foremost, i meant no offense/disrespect to anyone with a service animal. I have no intention of taking him in public unless he is trained well enough to act like a real service dog would in public situations, i would not want to give service dogs a bad name, or any service animal for that matter. My dog provides me a lot of comfort for personal reasons and while i could go to the doctor and do things the right way for my situation, i would be labeled by insurance companies for the rest of my life.
Saying that this will make it harder for people down the road is a bit misleading, you could easily compare this to the debate over gun registration laws. A law abiding citizen following the correct process will have no issue getting their service animal registered, you already followed the process today if you have a service animal and followed the rules. Also, everyone will always have their own opinion so for those who strongly disagree with me, lets agree to disagree, i respect your views.
Thanks to the person who posted that table with state laws, my state was on there and there is no law/penalty for misrepresentation. My state laws don't even require a service animal to be registered. Also, my state laws clearly state that even a puppy who is in training or will some day be a service dog (and their trainer/owner) are afforded the same rights the ADA provides disabled people. We are planning on bringing him to service dog training classes anyway, so technically i am following the law in my state. (for those who think i am breaking the law, even though there is no law i would be breaking in my state either way)
Last edited by odins_raven; 07-07-2014 at 11:17 AM.