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23 thoughts on “Video: Person with a Disability Courageously Films, Follows and Confronts Owner of Fake Service Pit Bull in Walmart

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  1. Sooo… a disabled senior in a motorized cart is told to leave the store, while the owners of the distractable “attack dog” get to check out without a word from employees? How is this protecting customers and aiding those with disabilities?

  2. She was extremely courageous. It is a miracle from God that she wasn’t assaulted and battered. What percentage of pet dogs that are brought into commercial establishments are simply just pets, and obviously not service animals? What percentage of dogs that are passed off as service animals obviously have not received one iota of bona fide service training? The former is huge, and the latter is minuscule. Every time I report fake service dogs to management, I am ignored. Because the flood of fake service dogs in commercial establishments is something that we just have to live with. Because the vast majority of the citizenry is required to yield to federally mandated social engineering gone obviously awry. This ubiquitous federally mandated charade can be instantly terminated if federal law simply mandated that pet animals are required to be accepted at all places where goods and services are sold to the public. What we have now is effectively tantamount to such. The real victims have little to win and nothing to lose.

    • I would argue that the percentage of pets is close to 100%, Richard. And I hope that this lady keeps right on shooting video wherever she goes. There are a lot of fake service dogs out there.

      OTOH, there’s a bar not far away from where I live. Place has a sign posted in the front window saying that it is a dog- and child-free establishment. I wish that more businesses would do this.

  3. So glad this woman called these fakers out. These people are gross and disgusting at the least – letting their mauler sniff and drool everything. Not to mention dangerous. The manager is an IDIOT. He REALLY wants the mauler to stay and the disabled woman to leave? Lovely. Attack dogs are NOT covered by the ADA, I hope this helps spread that word!

  4. I know I will have people disagree with my opinion on this, but dogs have no business in walmart. It’s unhygienic and unsafe. These days so many people are bending a lot of these of these “service dog rules”, to bring pit bulls anywhere and everywhere. This is dangerous. That beast could have mauled anyone in that store, but the employees are more concerned about the disabled woman filming who is concerned for everyone’s safety???? What is wrong with those employees? There is no need for a so called attack dog in a walmart in the first place. The pit nutters should have been kicked out for bringing a living weapon into the store.

    But she’s right. Once someone gets mauled and walmart gets sued, then they’ll care.

    • I don’t know about Oklahoma, but in California it is, of course, illegal for any live animal to be inside an establishment that handles and sells food to the public — except for service dogs (and miniature horses!!!). And things like lobsters in a lobster tank.

      • We move frequently due to my husband’s job, and when we moved to California in 2012 I was shocked to see dogs of every description in stores and restaurants. They were obviously pets and many unleashed. Once in a Lowe’s, I saw a pack of three unleashed German shepherds wandering around near their owner. Another time, I even had another customer in IKEA (which also serves food) complain to an employee that I had my children in the store…while she was holding a small pet dog.

        Since then, I have noticed this trend in other states. Among the dangers is the potential of turning up an aisle and crashing into a large ferocious dog without any expectation that a dog would even be in the store. Although it is becoming more common to bring pets in stores, most of us are not on guard like we (sadly) have to be while walking in a neighborhood or park. There was previously a sense of trust that dogs we saw in public spaces would be well-controlled and highly trained service animals. That is no longer the case and rather than making human safety a priority, these scofflaw dog owners have an entitlement mentality, believing their fur babies or protection dogs have as much—or more—right to be in stores as human customers.

    • Bailey, not only do I agree with your opinion, my agreement is so big, it needs a beacon to warn passing aircraft.

      Dogs and other animals are NOT people. They do not belong in supermarkets and other establishments that serve us.

  5. Thanks for that video, Colleen! I posted some support on YouTube (see copy below). I should point out a trivial point. Your citation about “attack dogs” not being recognized as service animals under the ADA is from 28 C.F.R. Part 35 — which specifically is in reference to “public entities” (a term of art for state and local governments). The relevant law here is in 28 C.F.R. Part 36 — parallel text to Part 35 but applying to “public accommodations” (another term of art that covers retailers, restaurants, bars, theaters, hotels, gyms, etc.). Again, these are parallel texts and the law is very much the same for all of these entities.

    Posted on the YouTube video:

    Thanks for calling out this bullshit, Mud People. I know it can’t have been easy or fun. The Walmart staff should have promptly asked the dog owner if the dog was required because of a disability and what the dog had been trained to do (relative to that disability), as permitted by federal law. (28 C.F.R. 36.302(c).) “Attack dogs” are not recognized as a “service animal” under the Americans with Disabilities Act (28 C.F.R. Part 36, Appendix A). But because the Department of Justice has made it virtually impossible to enforce these laws, and hapless Walmart employees have no incentive to, all that’s left is for brave customers to confront irresponsible dog owners directly. This is a recipe for continual strife and both retailers like Walmart and the DOJ need to work toward a solution that doesn’t pander to the kind of sociopaths who would lie about being disabled and requiring a service dog. The law was intended to protect disabled people, period. Thank you for doing as much as you could in the circumstances.

  6. Some time back I had my service GSD in PetSmart. I have a very obvious disability, and my dog is well trained. A boy about thirteen years old had a pit bull wearing a harness and a leash. The pit bull was dragging the boy over to my dog. I yelled, “Get the dog back. It’s a damn pit bull.”
    My dog and I were evicted from the store.and told to never come back. I was told they couldn’t have someone freaking out in the store. The mother grabbed the leash when I said something. The PetSmart employees never even told the people that an adult must be handling the leash. The manager and her employees love pit bulls. I even said to one employee, “Do you realize pit bulls do not show normal greeting behavior?”. He replied, “Mine doesn’t.”. Was I supposed to risk injury or death to a service animal by letting that untrained dog close to my dog?

    The veterinarian working there said she had more problems with Chihuahuas than pit bulls. And she nicely petted and played with the pit bull.

    There used to be a copy of a letter written by a veterinarian posted on the wall in the local shelter. It stated that no spayed/neutered pit bull kept in the house had ever mauled anyone.

    I truly don’t believe that pit bulls are nearly as big of a threat to people as to animals.
    However, animal attacks have often led to human bites.

  7. Isn’t Walmart supposed to have security standing at all entrances? Maybe it’s regional, but each walmart I’ve been to acrosss a few states has security by the front. If that was the case here, security should have stopped her before she got in the store. If it were me, I would have told her she could not bring that dog inside. If there was no security, surely one of the employees should have had enough sense to tell her to get that beast out of their building. I can’t believe the man that told her it wasn’t their business if her dog was a service dog or not. Um, YES IT IS! Becasue if that mutant kills someone becuase YOU allowed it in the store, YOU are the ones being taken to court. Bravo to the woman who exposed this. But now I’m just terrified wondering how many other stores allow this bullcrap to happen.

  8. This is one of my biggest pet peeves. These thoughtless, self-centered people with their fake service dogs make it hard for people with real disabilities and real service dogs. I’ve read numerous accounts of service dogs being attacked, usually by pits. Most service dogs are gentle breeds and completely focused on their person. They become sitting ducks for these killers. I applaud this woman for her courage and tenacity. She is in a perfect position to call this out. Walmart will do nothing until they’re hit in the wallet. Unfortunately, an innocent person/child will pay a bigger price.

    • Thoughtless and self-centered people? You’ve got that one right. And they’re using the fake service dogs to draw unwarranted attention to themselves.

      What do you want to bet that the pit bull in this video is a RESCUE? As in, look at those virtuous people who saved that wibble pibble from being put down?

  9. I’m less sure of the laws there, but in Ontario, the person claiming they have a service dog *must carry* their doctor’s letter certifying that they have indeed, signed for this person to *have* a “service dog”. Service dogs do not include emotional support animals. That letter can be requested by any establishment that questions whether or not, the dog is legitimate and if the dog is causing a ruckus (barking, sniffing food) the establishment STILL has the right to turf dog and owner.

    Our courageous disabled scooter-rider would have been well within her rights to request staff to demand they see pitbull owner’s letter.

    The absolute stupidity of that video IMO is this. There is *clearly* a disabled woman riding a scooter and requesting safety from having to shop near a breed known to attack disabled people using scooters/walkers/disability devices and somehow SHE’S the problem and has to “prove her case” over the able-bodied young woman with a pitbull dragging her along?

    Staggering.

  10. Just a quick update—all of the sites hosted by DogsBite.org were down today or were only partially accessible starting early this morning. This problem continues at 7:00 pm Central. That said, an amazing number of pit bull advocates (50+) tried to leave a comment on this post today during our many outages. Most were along these lines: “this woman filming is equally inappropriate. This is more an example of someone who enjoys finding faults with others and causing distress, instead of showing kindness and charity.”

      • And showing kindness and charity? While videoing someone who’s admitting that she’s in a Walmart with a dog that she admits is an attack dog?

        Well, I think that being concerned about the safety of other Walmart shoppers and employees is the ultimate act of kindness and charity. Three cheers for this courageous woman!

  11. Same thing in my town. We have a FAKE blind lady with a pit bull/blue heeler ‘guide dog’. She carries a white cane (No red tip) but doesn’t use it. The dog is on a leash not a harness and clearly not trained. She even admitted on camera that the dog barks and growls at people. I notified the local transit authority, pulled up the laws about what they can do, nothing done. Everyone’s scared sh*tless of the ADA. Nothing gets done until someone is hurt. As for me, I got my license and a car and stopped taking public transportation for good. It’s just not safe anymore.

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