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Using ESA and service animal laws to keep exotics?

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Using ESA and service animal laws to keep exotics?

Postby TamanduaGirl » Wed Nov 07, 2018 3:59 pm

This comes up more than it should so I thought I'd make a specific thread addressing it.

Service animals(SA) are federally defined as dogs and mini horses. So no other species are protected.

Emotional Support Animals(ESA) only have protections for housing and transportation. So while you might be able to make a landlord accept a reasonable exotic ESA species, it will not override state and local laws against keeping them there. They are also now working on limiting what species will be protected as ESAs.

Don't believe me? Still think having ayour exotic will override local laws?

Look a bobcat seized that was an ESA: https://www.gofundme.com/bannah-the-bob ... Pwxdtg9JO0

Oh look another ESA bobcat seizzed in another state(A special amendment was passed in this case so he could keep her but she was seized and they lost all appeals prior to that): http://www.oregonlive.com/oregon-city/i ... s_now.html

I know there were other cases with other exotics but I don't remember where to find them at the momment but as you can see with these cases trying to use ESA to get around a ban does not work.

Airline bans Exotic ESAs(so the law didn't prevent exotics banned even just by policy and not law): https://www.cbsnews.com/news/southwest- ... t-animals/

Stumbled across this while researching.
Screenshot_2018-11-07 Exotic emotional support animal seized - Google Search.png

LOL, no Pua was never an ESA or in a plane seat, or that BIG. Some people *sigh*
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Re: Using ESA and service animal laws to keep exotics?

Postby pat » Thu Nov 08, 2018 12:02 pm


I totally agree with you. some people bring animals that are not "guide dogs, which is mostly used for seeing eye problems for the owner.
personally, if someone is that emotional and can't take a flight without an animal (except a dog or maybe cat) they should leave the animals at home and get an animal caretaker.
not fair to the dog either for fake disabilities. dogs and cats can travel on an airplane but must be kept in a different section of the plane.
the people that take animals other than dogs or cats should take a Xanax or tranquilizer if they are that stressed

if the people that travel feel they need a support animal to travel, then stay home or drive a car to their destination.

the problem with people that do stupid things like bring exotic animals on a plane sure needs some meds.
then there are copycats, other people probably try to it too
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Re: Using ESA and service animal laws to keep exotics?

Postby Ash » Thu Nov 08, 2018 1:22 pm

Pua! :lol:

Yes, thankfully I see a lot being shared on facebook regarding service dogs vs emotional support dogs lately, which is accurate and good.

Hope people can get it through their brains that you cannot have exotics for service animals no matter how much you believe you can. :roll:
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