Families defrauded by unregulated service dog trainers

  • This 2017 photo provided by Shannon Poirier shows her son, Daniel, with service dog, Boston, at Lake Benson, N.C. (Shannon Poirier/ via AP)

  • Sobie Cummings, 11, plays with her dog, Dallas, at the family’s home in Waxhaw, N.C., March 29. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

APEX, N.C. — All the counseling, therapy and medication did little to ease 9-year-old Sobie Cummings’ crippling anxiety and feelings of isolation. And so a psychiatrist suggested that a service dog might help the autistic child connect with other kids.