Iowa Senate passes bill outlawing fake service dogs
BY MORGAN GSTALTER
Iowans could face jail time if they lie about having a service dog under a new bill passed by the Iowa Senate on Wednesday.
The bill was introduced in response to veterans who came forward with concerns after their highly trained service dogs, meant to help with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), were attacked in public by untrained companion animals, according to the Des Moines Register.
Dogs go through rigorous training to assist with PTSD, blindness, epilepsy and other types of disabilities.
People were buying dog harnesses and fake certificates online so their untrained dogs could pass as qualified service animals or service-animals-in-training in order to get certain privileges, the Register reported.
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