Bar Bulletin

Bar Bulletin

Imposter Service Dogs and a Survey of State Laws

December 2017 Bar Bulletin

By Barbara Swatt Engstrom

Imposter service dogs are a growing problem. A quick Westlaw news search for fake or imposter service dogs yields almost 400 recent articles from almost every state and, as you might imagine, a similar Google news search pulls up thousands.

Businesses and other places open to the public are in the difficult position of trying to comply with federal and state laws to provide accommodation for genuine service animals, while finding a way to exclude pets. Under federal law, there are only two questions a business owner can ask a person who wants to bring...

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