Bill Would Fine People who Pass off pet as Service Animal
Minnesota lawmakers are considering fines.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Minnesota lawmakers are considering fines for people who misrepresent their pets as trained service animals.
A pair of bills in the House and Senate would make it a petty misdemeanor, punishable with a $100 fine.
The House Public Safety Committee was taking up one of the bills Wednesday.
Supporters of the fines say passing off untrained pets as service animals is like parking in a handicapped space when you’re not entitled to.
Minneapolis resident Terri Krake says “impostor” service dogs distract her service dog, Brody, from his duties. At times they’ve attacked him.
She and other supporters say they hope the fines spread awareness and deter the practice.
Lawmakers say the initiative is part of a growing nationwide concern. More than a dozen other state legislatures are considering similar measures.