In ‘Lawless’ World of Service Dogs, Many Families Suffer

A near complete absence of regulation and oversight in the exploding service dog industry has left needy, desperate families vulnerable to incompetence and fraud.

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APEX, N.C. (AP) — All the counseling, therapy and medication did little to ease 9-year-old Sobie Cummings’ crippling anxiety and feelings of isolation. And so a psychiatrist suggested that a service dog might help the autistic child connect with other kids. To Glenn and Rachel Cummings, Mark Mathis seemed like a dream come true. His kennel, Ry-Con Service Dogs, was just a couple of hours away, and he, too, had a child with autism. But…

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