Organization raises questions about service dog giving birth at TIA


PALMETTO, Fla. (WFLA) – When Suzy Wilburn heard about the story of a service dog giving birth to a litter of puppies at Tampa International Airport on Friday, her first reaction wasn’t, “Isn’t that cute.” The news made her upset and angry.

“I was a tad bit angry because in the state of Florida it’s a second-degree misdemeanor to represent your pet as a service dog,” said Wilburn. “And they did that twice – with the male dog and the female dog. It’s a crime.”

Wilburn works with Southeastern Guide Dogs in Manatee County, an organization that has been breeding and training dogs for the sole purpose of being service animals for 35 years. It’s a passion they don’t take lightly.

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