Alabama cracking down on fake service animals


PET AS A SERVICE DOG IN ALABAMA. BUT AS STATE CAPITOL REPORTER RESHAD HUDSON TELLS US -THIS LAW HAS SOME HOLES IN IT. RESHAD: THE LAW IS MEANT TO GO AFTER PEOPLE WHO ARE FAKING SERVICE DOGS, BUT ON THE OTHER HAND THERE’S NO WAY TO REGISTER A DOG AS A SERVICE DOG WHICH IS CONCERNING… NAT POP “Barking” A NEW SERVICE IS DOG LAW IN ALABAMA IS BEING MET WITH A NUMBER OF CHALLENGES. “Until the ADA makes some changes we will never be able to truly combat this problem” THE PROBLEM FRANCES MCGOWIN IS CONCERNED ABOUT IS FAKE OR POORLY TRAINED SERVICE DOGS. Frances McGowin, Service dogs of Alabama “We have no doubt that dogs help everybody, because we all have pets ourselves and we know the comfort they bring” THERE’S NOW STATE LAW THAT FINES PEOPLE $100 AND 100 HOURS OF COMMUNITY SERVICE FOR HAVING FAKE SERVICE DOGS—– BUT ON THE STATE AND FEDERAL LEVEL YOU DON’T HAVE TO REGISTER THE DOG– WHICH DOESN’T GIVE THE LAW MUCH POWER. Frances McGowin “It’s not the same as a service dog and it’s not the same as trained facility dog” THESE ARE TWO OF MCGOWINS DOGS—SHE’S THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF SERVICE DOGS ALABAMA. WITH THE NEW LAW THE STATE WILL BE JOINING 25 OTHER STATES WITH LAWS ON THE BOOKS. REPRESENTATIVE ROLANDA HOLLIS SPONSORED THE BILL— IT ALSO ALLOWS FOR DOGS IN PUBLIC HOUSING. “It narrows it down to service dogs only and just to make sure that you are doing what you’re supposed to as far as service dogs and for people who really need them” RESHAD: THE NEW LAW TAKES AFFECT SEP. 1ST. REPORTING IN MONTGOMERY RESHAD HUDSON… NEW TONIGHT —

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