ENTERPRISE, Ala. (WDHN) — In Enterprise, a service dog trainer held a forum for the animals and their people.

Service Dogs Alabama is committed to providing medical and psychiatric assistance for dogs to children, adults, and veterans with disabilities.

Trainer Norman Horton says his organization is seeing an increasing number of pet owners fraudulently place service dog vests on their animals to get them into restaurants and other businesses.

Horton says service dogs play an important role for their owners and are often being used in court to help sexually abused children testify against their abuser.

Horton says business owners can ask a person with a service dog two important questions to help make sure the dog is a therapy animal.

First, is the animal a service dog? And secondly, what service function has the dog been trained in?