CENTRAL POINT, Ore. — Oregon lawmakers want to stop people from abusing the service animal program.
Senate Bill 610 would clarify that a service animal is defined as animal that is trained to help someone with a disability, like a guide dog for the blind. It would also make it a crime to falsely pass off other animals as assistance animals.
Dogs for the Deaf say there has been a lot of confusion about the law over the past several years, and they are welcoming the chance to clear things up. They say they have heard complaints about people bringing pets into stores and restaurants and calling them service dogs.
“The dogs really specifically have to be suitable for that type of thing, and they have to be trained to be able to handle the stress of airports and grocery stores and shopping carts and all of those kinds of things,” explained Robin Dickson, President of Dogs for the Deaf.
The bill passed unanimously in the Oregon House, and it now moves to the Senate.