Law Gives Fine, Community Service To People With ‘Fake’ Service Dogs

A fine AND community service?

By Doug Lazy on August 22, 2019
NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 18: Sparky, a standard poodle service dog, sits with his owner Dori Tempio at the third annual Search and Rescue and Service Dog Day and Awards for Extraordinary Service to Humanity on the board the Intrepid Sea Air and Space Museum September 18, 2004 in New York Harbor in New York City. Dozens of dogs from around the tri-state area attended the event which featured guide, rescue, service, police and inspection dogs of all shapes, breeds and sizes. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
(Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

If somebody says that their pet is actually a “service animal”, should they get punished if they’re caught lying? says that Alabama has a new law that punishes people who try to pass off their pets as service animals. The new law takes effect on September 1st in Alabama and if caught, people would have to pay $100 fine and get 100 hours of community service. 

The article says that some people may be buying vests that service animals typically wear online and trying to pass off their pets as service animals. It also points out that Federal law states that you cannot about a person’s disability or for documentation for their service animal. But, they say that you can inquire if the animal is a service animal and what tasks the animal does for the person.

Do you think people should get in trouble if they try to pass off their pets as service animals? Do you think we need a law like this in California?

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