That is exactly what I was going to say Busybees. No registration certificate = no dog. Another motel here rang me the other day to check out what the go was, as a customer was trying exactly this scam. He said no, they did not produce a registration certificate and he suffered a torrent of verbal abuse. But at least he slept well that night, not worrying if the animal was going to disturb the other guests or what mess it might make.