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Prescription Pets--Dogs service for Affection

May 2, 2011 - Sylvia Heldreth
There is currently a case in Broward County involving an Emotional Service Animal, a prescription pet who is a three pound Chihuahua named Sweetie.

Sweetie was prescribed by a physician for a woman who suffers from severe depression. Her condo association does not allow dogs and they are contesting her right to have one. They claim that an Emotional Service Animal, despite the prescription, is not a real service animal because service animals are task trained to do something to help a person who has a disability, not just provide affection. The woman claims that without Sweetie, "that would be the end of me."

What do you think?


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