Pet or service animal? The distinction matters

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Pet or service animal? The distinction matters

Lax rules allow people to claim special status for their pets
Sue Garlick, a special education teacher in Cortez, talks about the effects that her dog Mochi, a 7-month-old labradoodle who is an autism service dog, has in building a rapport with her students in the classroom. Garlick and Mochi attended a training Tuesday at the Durango Community Recreation Center about the legal requirements for service and assistance animals.

Pet or service animal? The distinction matters

Sue Garlick, a special education teacher in Cortez, talks about the effects that her dog Mochi, a 7-month-old labradoodle who is an autism service dog, has in building a rapport with her students in the classroom. Garlick and Mochi attended a training Tuesday at the Durango Community Recreation Center about the legal requirements for service and assistance animals.

Pet or service animal? The distinction matters

1Sue Mooney walks Kyra, a 14-month old Labrador who is in training to be a Guide Dog For The Blind companion, on Wednesday at the Durango Public Library. Mooney takes the canine where ever she goes to help the puppy become comfortable with the many sights and sounds.

Pet or service animal? The distinction matters

Sue Mooney walks Kyra, a 14-month old Labrador in training to become a service animal, on Wednesday at the Durango Public Library. More and more people are claiming to have a service dog to take them places, including restaurants, hotels, grocery stores and on the airplane.

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