Service dogs are easy to identify

Published: Thursday, Sep. 19, 2013 - 3:09 pm
Last Modified: Thursday, Sep. 19, 2013 - 3:50 pm

Re "Guide-dog group blasts service-dog phonies" (The Buzz, Sept. 19): California issues free licenses for service dogs.

Federal law limits business owners to asking two questions: Is your dog a service animal? What tasks is it trained to do for you?

The business owner would be wiser to ask if the dog has a current animal license. A license is proof that the dog has its rabies vaccination. Without the license, a business owner should be justified in denying access based on the welfare of other guests.

A campaign to alert business owners and the public to the free service-dog license and the required free pet license would be helpful to our community and deter the owners that masquerade their pets as service animals.

-- Steve Fehrenbacher, Sacramento

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