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Services Dogs of VA Speak out on "Fake" Service Dog Trend

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va (WVIR) -

It's a disturbing trend. More people are pretending to have service dogs in places where average pets aren't allowed.

Service Dogs of Virginia says more and more people are buying vests online and posing their pets as guide dogs. The group calls the motive a selfish one and this practice actually interrupts the real service dogs doing their job.

One trainer says there have been instances where a pet has actually attacked a service dog in public.

"Not only are you breaking the law but you are going to make it a lot harder for people with disabilities to have the right to take dogs that are really changing their life. They need these dogs,” said Lauren Shaw, head trainer for Service Dogs of Virginia.

It can be difficult to regulate because there is currently no certification required for service dogs.

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