Companion Minnesota bills, House File 3157 and Senate File 2646, seek to make it a crime to misrepresent a dog as a service animal or a service animal in training. First violations would qualify as petty misdemeanors with fines up to $100. Second or subsequent violations would qualify as misdemeanors with 30 hours of community service for an organization that serves individuals with disabilities and fines up to $1,000 and/or up to 90 days’ jail time.
The AKC strongly supports public accommodations that allow individuals with disabilities to use service dogs. The AKC strongly condemns characterizing dogs as service animals when they are not, or attempting to benefit from a dog’s service dog status when the individual using the dog is not a person with a disability.
Read Misuse of Service Dogs Hurts the Disabled and Responsible Dog Owners for information on why misrepresenting a dog as a service animal is damaging to many.
The American Kennel Club supports HF 3157/SF 2646. We encourage all Minnesota residents to contact the members of each committee below and request their members support HF 3157 and SF 2646.
Representative Brian Johnson, Chair – firstname.lastname@example.org
Representative Kathy Lohmer, Vice Chair – email@example.com
Representative Debra Hilstrom, DFL Lead – firstname.lastname@example.org
Representative Jamie Becker-Finn – email@example.com
Representative John (Jack) Considine Jr. – firstname.lastname@example.org
Representative Raymond Dehn – email@example.com
Representative Keith Franke – firstname.lastname@example.org
Representative Matt Grossel – email@example.com
Representative Jeff Howe – firstname.lastname@example.org
Representative Eric Lucero – email@example.com
Representative Jim Newberger – firstname.lastname@example.org
Representative Marion O’Neill – email@example.com
Representative Dave Pinto – firstname.lastname@example.org
Representative Mark Uglem – email@example.com
Representative JoAnn Ward – firstname.lastname@example.org
Representative Nick Zerwas – email@example.com
Senator Warren Limmer, Chair – firstname.lastname@example.org
Senator Dan D. Hall, Vice Chair – link to email form
Senator Ron Latz, Ranking Minority Member – link to email form
Senator Bruce D. Anderson – email@example.com
Senator Kari Dziedzic – link to email form
Senator Bill Ingebrigsten – firstname.lastname@example.org
Senator Mark Johnson – link to email form
Senator Sandra L. Pappas – link to email form
Senator Jerry Relph – link to email form
For more information on these or any other legislative issues in Minnesota, contact AKC’s Government Relations Department at 919-816-3720, or email email@example.com.