OEF/OIF Veteran kicked off boardwalk because of service dog
I'm rather tempted to skip this story if only because I don't want to be accused of bashing law enforcement. But I think here the police department did the right thing, it appears that only one specific police officer was wrong.
But first I want to back up to an article that appeared last week that might mitigate what the police officer did here. This article is from the Sun Sentinal in Florida:
Owners and trainers of service dogs are increasingly angry at pet owners who pass their animals off as service dogs by using phony credentials.
The imposters go to the Internet to buy vests, ID cards and certificates for their dogs. The deception allows their pets to live in restricted housing, accompany them inside restaurants and hotels or fly for free in airplane cabins rather than in cargo holds.
"I don't want to say it's a scam, but it is a scam," said Nick Kutsukos, 72, who runs Elite K9 Academy in Jupiter and has trained service dogs for 40 years.
People who fake a disability and/or pretend their pet is a service animal risk at least a fine or, in extreme cases, federal fraud charges.
Getting certification is as easy as filling out a form online, sending in your money and perhaps a photograph of your dog.
So apparently this is happening, or at least the officer might have believed it was. So flash forward to this weekend, when a police officer in New Jersey told a OEF/OIF veteran he couldn't be on the boardwalk with his service dog:NBC40.net
The police immediately dismissed the charges, and it looks like this vet will be getting an apology from the city, but it still strikes me as somewhat absurd. It's entirely possible I guess that the police officer thought it was a scam or something, but even so, wouldn't you want to be safe rather than sorry? I don't know, whole story seems odd to me. Let the guy have his dog, he's earned that much. And if going to the Boardwalk brings him peace, hasn't he earned it?
MORE INFO CLICK HERE, from Daily Mail. They have more info that I can not share because of copyright law. So go read there if you have more specific questions.