Impostor service animals posing growing problem

By strapping a vest or backpack that says “service animal” to their pet, anyone can go in stores and restaurants where other dogs are banned, creating growing problems for the disabled community and business owners and leading to calls for better identifying the real deal.

As recent escapes show, scaly exotic pets pose dilemmas

The recent news that two big boas in Missouri and an alligator in Kansas were not in their enclosures but loosed on the populace brought understandable outcries. Understanding is needed to avoid scares like the recent ones in our region, experts say.