‘I was hurt’: Woman with prescribed emotional support dog kicked out of area medical center

8News found while emotional support animals have some federal protections, they’re not the same as a service animal.

A service animal is defined as animal trained to do work or perform a task for someone with a disability and under federal law can enter almost anywhere.

Emotional support animals may provide medical therapy, but have no special training.

While federal law protects emotional support animals when it comes to housing businesses like restaurants, hotels and malls have a right to say no to these animals.
Recently, the airline industry has started to say no to some emotional support animals. They are now banning peacocks, hamsters other unusual support pets from boarding the plane.