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The Presence and Behaviors of Service Animals, Emotional Support Animals, and Pets on a College Campus
Agriculture, Veterinary, and Rangeland Sciences
Biology, Veterinary Science
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Mental health conditions are becoming more prevalent on university campuses, which is leading to an increase in the use of emotional support animals (ESAs). Universities are struggling to accommodate this increase and understand the regulations that apply to ESAs. Service animals are also increasing on campuses, which raises the issue of distinguishing between the two classifications. Due to this challenge, some people believe that animals are being misrepresented as service animals and ESAs and are causing issues for true service animals and ESAs. This study looked at the prevalence of these different types of dogs and whether they were misbehaving and creating issues for true assistance animals. This study found that there's been an increase in the number of service animals and ESAs on the University of Nevada, Reno campus. The service animals and ESAs were well-behaved. The biggest issue was the presence of off leash pets on the campus.