Spokane City Council to vote on fake service animal measure
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The Spokane City Council is set to crack down on people trying to pass off their pets as service animals.
The Spokesman-Review reports an ordinance to be considered Monday could expel such people from public places within the city.
The effort, sponsored by Councilman Mike Fagan, would align Spokane with a law passed in the state Legislature this year.
The state’s rules allow an enforcement officer to ask if a service animal is required due to a disability and what task the animal is trained to do.
If the animal’s handler refuses to answer questions or the animal is observably not a service animal, the enforcement officer can remove them from the premises and fine the handler $500.
Fagan’s proposal uses most of the language in state’s law and would become part of the city’s human rights code.
Information from: The Spokesman-Review, http://www.spokesman.com