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New Yorkers Using Fake Service Dog Tags for Discounts, Freebies

| by Michael Allen
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Some New York City dog owners are placing fake “service dog” tags on their pets in order to get freebies and discounts.

Fake tags, vests, patches and certificates can be bought on on the web, instead of going to New York City's Health Department for real ones.

“I was sick of tying up my dog outside,” said Brett David, who admits to using a fake “therapy dog” sign.

“Sometimes, they’ll give me a hassle and say bring the papers next time, but for five bucks, you order [a patch] off eBay, and it works 90 percent of the time,” he told The New York Post.

“[My dog has] been to most movie theaters in the city, more nightclubs than most of my friends."

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Kate Vlasovskaya also bragged about her phony “service dog” ID card, which was bought online: “It’s becoming pretty popular now."

She doesn't fear being checked for her fake dog service tag.

“You’d have to go through all of these links or get someone on the line. With all of that effort, they will probably just let you in," added Vlasovskaya.

The Health Department does not regulate service dog tags, leaving the tags wide open for abuse by cheaters.

As usual, people seem indifferent or oblivious to the problems their fakery could cause.

“People don’t realize that if the dog misbehaves in any way, if it isn’t clean, barks or is overly friendly and jumps on people, that it aggravates other dogs and disrupts the way they do service,” said Toni Eames, blind president of the International Association of Assistance Dog Partners.

Source: The New York Post