Hard to believe but there are many people who go online and order a service dog/animal ID kit even though their pet is not needed for any disability. They do it so they can take their pets with them wherever they go. Problem is, it's fraud and it hurts those Veterans and other disabled Americans who truly need their service animal with them.
The Massachusetts bill's key sponsor, Representative Kimberly Ferguson explains, "Our goal is to prevent abuse of the system, because animals that aren't legitimate service dogs can give true service dogs a bad reputation, and that does a terrible disservice."
The Bill will also help to expose anyone selling untrained or poorly trained service animals to those in need. Veterans seem to be the hardest hit in this area.
Modeled after similar laws in Florida and Colorado, the bill filed in Massachusetts targets people who use fake service dogs to obtain privileges meant for the disabled, such as the right to take a dog into an airplane passenger cabin without paying a fee. If it becomes law, fakers could be fined up to $500 and required to do 30 hours of community service.