Lawrence asked in PetsDogs · 4 years ago

If a service dog has an "accident" in someone's place of business, is the animal owner responsible for cleaning up the mess?

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  • Anonymous
    4 years ago
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    Yes, they are supposed to carry poop scoop bags, and they are taught how to do that even if they are blind. The business may have to clean the area as obviously people dont carry a mop and bucket.

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  • Anonymous
    4 years ago

    People with service dogs know how to deal with their pet's mess. It would be horribly rude for them not to unless they were physically unable to.

    That being said, it is the responsibility of the business owner/manager to maintain their place of business. People DO make messes. And it is considered polite to ask disabled people (and all customers) if they would like assistance.

    I once had to clean up a huge mess made by a guy's colostomy bag that exploded and ran out the bottom of his pant leg all over the floor. Well gosh, sometimes "****" happens and I sure as hell wasn't going to tell this guy it was HIS responsibility to stand in the lobby and clean it up.

    Courtesy is a two-way street, but ultimately if a business owner wants a clean and tidy business place, it's on THEM to maintain it.

    This really isn't any different than someone who accidentally drops a glass six pack of beer in the grocery store. The store needs to clean up messes quickly and safely REGARDLESS of the source of the mess.

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  • 4 years ago

    A service dog is trained to potty on command and would NEVER soil in a place of business. The only exception would be if the dog is sick and has an attack of explosive diarrhea ... in that case - no one could hold it. But if your dog was sick, you most certainly wouldn't be taking him out in public to begin with.

    The dog owner would be responsible for clean up if this happened. That is unless the disability they have prevents them from doing so .... then they would need to call for assistance from the store staff.

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  • Lizzie
    Lv 7
    4 years ago

    You bet! YES! And since there are so many FAKE Service Dogs around, whose owners would NEVER take them someplace when it was time for them to pee or poop, you can probably be fairly sure that any dog that messes on the floor of ma business either has a really DUMB owner or isn't a real Service Dog.

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  • *****
    Lv 7
    4 years ago

    Yes, and the business would be 100% justified in requiring the dog be removed at that point since it would constitute a health and safety concern. Legitimate service dogs are highly trained animals and would never mess in a place of business.

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  • 4 years ago

    A properly trained Service Dog wouldn't do that. Part of the dogs training is to let the owner know when it needs to pee or poop.

    The dog in question may not even be a true service dog at all, just some idiot trying to scam the system. I always make contact with any one who has a Service Dog & ask the specific questions that are legal to ask. I have exposed many for lying & cheating & scamming.

    • Authoritah
      Lv 4
      4 years agoReport

      You can't predict vomit, sometimes you can't get outside fast enough, and since a dog is not allowed to bark or make sounds, the alert often times goes unoticed.

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  • Anonymous
    4 years ago

    Of course. Just like any other dog owner who takes their pet into such a store as PetSmart and/or Petco and the dog has an accident.

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  • 4 years ago

    for sure.

    you dont actually think a business owner should have to clean up your animals feces or urine do you??

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  • 4 years ago

    Depends

    If you can walk and bend, yes.

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