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When Emotional Support Animals Cross the Line

As the business of certifying emotional support animals grows - whether it's a snake, dog, or pig - when are you abusing the system that's designed for people who truly need an animal for anxiety or depression? The tale of one large service dog who forced a plane to make an emergency landing.

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STORY AT-A-GLANCE

  • Emotional support animals are untrained companion animals that provide comfort to someone with a disability such as anxiety or depression
  • People with emotional support animals may live in housing that prohibits pets
  • The Air Carrier Access Act also allows emotional support animals to fly at no extra cost
  • Some people have abused the system, getting online “emotional support animal” certifications for their pets just for the perks

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