PRESCOTT VALLEY, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -- David Keller isn't a beekeeper and he's never owned any bees. But when he wanted to prove a point last month, he registered a beehive as a service animal.
"A lot of people thought it was hilarious, and a lot of people were getting upset," Keller said, explaining that the whole thing started after he saw what appeared to be a service dog misbehaving. "I could very easily tell that it was not a service animal because it was pulling the owner to the parking lot," he said.
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So, he decided to take a stand.
"I was thinking that it's just too easy to get these animals to be service animals," Keller said.
He went to a site called USAServiceDogRegistration.com, and successfully registered the picture of the beehive as a service animal. "[I wanted to] bring awareness to the issue that anyone could do this," Keller said. We reached out to USAServiceDogRegistration.com, but nobody responded to our requests for comment.
A quick web search turns up many service animal registration sites. But Keller's stunt showed that some of them do very little to verify the animals they're registering. "They're very silly. They don't mean anything," said Jaymie Cardin, who trains service dogs at AZ Dog Sports in Scottsdale. "You can go pay for a registry on one of those web sites, and basically, you're just paying for a piece of paper and to put a name on a list."
Cardin says these sites do highlight a real problem -- people trying to pass off pets as legitimate service animals. "Training is how you tell whether it's a service animal or not," Cardin said.
Plus, federal law says a service animal can only be a dog or miniature horse, so, no bees. "The law is pretty clear that a service animal is an animal that is trained to perform a specific task related to the disability," said Sey In, an attorney with the Arizona Center for Disability Law. A service animal doesn't need to be registered anywhere, let alone on a third party website.
Keller hopes all the buzz around his beehive stunt proves his point about these registration sites. "It's making people believe all animals are service animals when they're not," Keller said. "And there's a clear difference."