An Arizona man has an issue with emotional support animals. It's not that David Keller of Prescott Valley has anything against them. He just has an issue with the fact that he thinks it is far too easy to get a registered service animal.
So Keller tried to make a point. He went to a website called USAServiceDogRegistration.com and was able to upload a photo of a beehive and claim a "swam of bees" as his emotional support animals. "A lot of people thought it was hilarious and a lot of people were getting upset," Keller told WTRF-TV.
The website Keller used is one of many that allow people to register pets as emotional support animals very easily, perhaps too easily.
Service dog trainer Jaymie Cardin says, "They're very silly. They don't mean anything. You can go pay for a registry on one of those websites and basically you're just paying for a piece of paper and to put a name on a list. Training is how you tell whether it's a service animal or not."
Emotional support animals continue to be a divisive topic for many. According to federal law, only dogs and miniature horses may be used as service animals. But there have been cases in the news where passengers on airplanes have been kicked off of flights because their "emotional support" dogs have acted inappropriately.
"It's making people believe all animals are service animals when they're not. And there's a clear difference," adds Keller.
It's unclear if Keller's application for having a "swarm of bees" was approved and if he got a card for them.
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