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Fake service dog vests irk disability rights groups

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Some disability rights groups are outraged over companies selling what they call fake service dog vests so people can get their pets into public places.

"Free My Paws" is selling a service pet ID kit for $149 on SkyMall. The company also has a Facebook page.

One service dog owner in Colorado says it's becoming a rampant problem -- people trying to pass off their pets as service dogs.

"It makes it very difficult for those of us who use service animals and have a legitimate disability to have access to public places," said service dog handler Kyle Walpole.

The president of "Free My Paws" says he's providing a needed product for qualified animal handlers.

Right now, the law does not require registration or certification of animals to wear a service vest.

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