Columbia, SC (WLTX) -- Yesterday we told you about a Summerton woman who says her daughter's school won't allow her service dog inside.
Today, News19 looked into the training for service animals and what state laws have to say.
At her 4-year-old daughter, Sophie's school Thursday morning, Eva Heisch ran into a problem when she says the school would not allow her daughter to attend classes with her required service dog.
"They said that because the school does not want the service animal there that my daughter is no longer allowed to attend school with the animal, or myself," Heisch said.
It presented a problem for her because she adopted the dog in June from an adoption center, and has been training her white German Shepard herself since then to help with Sophie's autism.
"The dog usually goes most places with my daugher, so it's perfectly natural at any given time," Heisch said.
Experts we spoke to tell us Heisch is allowed to do that because both South Carolina and federal laws do not mandate certification or specialized training for herself, or the animal.
But at the Palmetto Animal Assisted Life Services, that's all they do.
"When I'm looking for a dog for autism, I'm looking for a dog that's very laid back, like Essie," said PAAL Executive Director Jennifer Rogers, referring to a 2-year-old Golden Retriever and Labrador Retriever mix.
Rogers said they were currently training Essie to be a service dog for a person with autism, and that it was nearly at the end of its 2-year training program.
PAALS begins training their dogs when they are as young as 3-days old, Rogers said.
Rogers also said that the vests that make service dogs easily identifiable are not required, either.
"There's also not a requirement for them to carry any special ID," Rogers said, "which makes it very difficult. Right now there's a big push to try to improve those laws."
Rogers added that because of all this, caution is recommended.
"All of the legal rights were set up to protect somebody with a disability," Rogers said, "so you don't want to cross the line and start accusing somebody."
The South Carolina Department of Education's Office of Exceptional Children is still investigating the matter, and no decision has been rendered, according to a spokesman.