"It's a big problem for realtors and property managers, because they can cause quite a bit of damage because they are not trained," Pierce told WFTX.
“A service dog goes through a long period of training, and an emotional support pet has absolutely no training.”
"It is completely bogus," Sen. Kevin Rader told the Sun Sentinel. "We need to root the fraud out of it. In a lot of these cases, these pets morph into like almost a child in a way. They are so close to them, but it's not an emotional support animal."
Rader does admit, though, that some people do need the emotional support of an animal, the newspaper reported.
Right now, pet owners can get emotional support animal certificates on the internet for about $22. Pierce hopes Diaz's bill, Senate Bill 1128, will help get rid of loopholes.
In addition to the medical certification, the bill will make falsifying documents for an emotional support animal a second-degree misdemeanor.