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Fake service dog credentials purchased over the internet. (Credit: CBS)

2 Investigators: Fake Service Dog Credentials Easily Available Online

You see them from time to time on buses, trains, restaurants and even airplanes: Service dogs, who appear to be assisting their disabled owners. But, a disturbing new trend is raising questions about which dogs really deserve to have special access.

11/12/2013

Patrick Bettendorf and his dog, Ruby. (Photo supplied by Patrick Bettendorf.)

Abandoned Dog Becomes Service Animal; Helps Chicago Shelter

The author of a popular book about an abandoned dog who was rescued, rose to stardom and began a new life as a service animal, visits Chicago Saturday for a book signing and fundraiser at PAWS Chicago. Patrick Bettendorf comes with a message to his fellow humans.

09/28/2013

Marcie Davis, founder of International Assistance Dog Awareness Week, with her service dog Whistle. (Credit: Marcie Davis)

‘Despicable’ Epidemic: People Using Fake Service Dogs

Despicable. That’s the word used by advocates for the disabled to describe the newest trend – people disguising their dogs as service dogs to travel, shop, and even go to night clubs.

08/21/2013