Fake service dogs a crime? Bill aims to punish people who misrepresent an animal as a service dog

WAVERLY, Ill. – People who claim an animal is a service dog when it isn't could end up in jail if a new bill becomes law in Iowa.

Under Senate File 2365, Iowans could be charged with a simple misdemeanor if they intentionally misrepresent an animal as a service dog.

The bill just passed in the state Senate and now moves to the House.

Retrieving Freedom Co-President Scott Dewey likes the measure.

"I think it's a step in the right direction for everybody that's involved. Being in public with a dog that's not a service dog can be very detrimental to those that have gone through the process and have done it correctly," Dewey said.

Anyone found guilty of fraud in this manner, can face 30 days in jail, a fine, or possibly both.

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