Carl Bessent and his guide dog Nerice in Coeur d’Alene. Carl is legally blind and is concerned about the growing problem of impostor or poorly trained service animals and the problems they create for legitimate service animals.
Carl Bessent and his guide dog Nerice in Coeur d’Alene. Carl is legally blind and is concerned about the growing problem of impostor or poorly trained service animals and the problems they create for legitimate service animals. KATHY PLONKA kathypl@spokesman.com
Carl Bessent and his guide dog Nerice in Coeur d’Alene. Carl is legally blind and is concerned about the growing problem of impostor or poorly trained service animals and the problems they create for legitimate service animals. KATHY PLONKA kathypl@spokesman.com

Debate surrounds misclassification of service animals — who are working dogs, not pets

November 05, 2015 12:12 AM

UPDATED November 05, 2015 01:39 PM

More Videos

  • Jamie Harrell's good deed left him legally blind but that didn't keep him from his love for photography

    Nearly a year ago, Jamie Harrell stopped to help a motorist on New Year's Eve. Both were hit by another car on the highway. The man he stopped to help was killed at the scene. Harrell has since endured multiple surgeries and rehab, but his injuries left him legally blind. Despite that hurdle, Harrell is pursuing the things he loves to do—like photography.