I am a landlord with a no pet policy. Recently, a tenant came to me with a service dog. She handed me a letter from her doctor stating the animal was a service dog, however, she admitted to just purchasing the stray dog from the SPCA.
Do service dogs need to be trained by someone licensed, then given to the adult with a disability? Or can someone just buy a dog and say its a service dog. This tenant says that she is training the dog, however, she has never owned a dog in the past and has never taken any dog license classes to certify the tenant as a teacher.
The laws seem vague on here and it appears that claiming a dog is a service dog is a loophole to avoid the no pet policy. This person has been living in my building, top floor, for many years. never once seemed to have any need for a service animal. It is as if she just got an SPCA dog, claims it is a service dog, along with a letter from her doctor stating this dog is needed for emotional attachment?