Service dogs and, of course, other types of service animals are a wonderful thing to have, not to mention incredibly helpful... for those who actually do struggle with real-life disabilities and need help from their trained furry companion, that is.
Let’s also not forget that emotional support animals and service animals are NOT the same things. According to The Cheat Sheet;
In order words, if you’re passing your pet off as a service dog when they’re actually not, you put the ENTIRE service dog problem at risk. This means tighter rules and regulations, which is where a new law comes in. Oh, and it also means that you are a terrible, terrible person, jut FYI.
Well folks, If you're as fed up as I am about it all, I have some jolly good news for you!
Hawaii Senator Russell Ruderman has now proposed a new bill called bill 2461. Basically, the law states that anyone found passing off their pets as valid service animals when they’re actually not will be fined up to $500. HALLELUJAH!
The Executive Director of Hawaii Fi-Do Service Dogs, whose name is Jim Kennedy, has come out and said that the new law, while yes, will present its difficulties, it is still major progress in the importance and validation of real service animals. and I wholeheartedly agree with him!
Here is what he said: