These days, certifying your pet as a service animal is as simple as filling out an online form and paying a fee.
This certification allows owners to take their animals where they’re not normally allowed, as well as waves any rental pet fees. Now lawmakers are looking to penalize those who falsely claim their pet as a service animal. We spoke with lawmakers on why they want to add the penalty.
Craig Johnson: “Service dogs are very valuable animals. They have a lot of training, we’re talking about animals that are 10 or 12 thousand dollars and I think they deserve that kind of respect. Someone that calls a pet a companion animal, that leads to problems when they bring them into public areas and they’re not well trained.”
Johnson told us he isn’t sure how the state will enforce this penalty. The maximum fine for falsely representing your pet is 150 dollars.