January 15, 2019
North Dakota House Bill 1259, which is scheduled for consideration by the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, January 16, would make it an infraction (maximum fine $100) to knowingly make a false claim that a pet is a service animal in an attempt to gain admission to a public place or obtain a reasonable housing accommodation.
The AKC strongly condemns those who characterize dogs as service animals when they are not, or who attempt to benefit from a dog’s service dog status when the individual using the dog is not a person with a disability.
For more information, read UPDATED – Misuse of Service Dogs Hurts the Disabled and Responsible Dog Owners.
WHAT YOU CAN DO:
The AKC encourages all concerned dog owners in North Dakota to contact the members of the House Judiciary Committee, listed below, and express support of this legislation.
Representative Kim Koppelman, Chairman
Representative Karen Karls, Vice Chairman
Representative Rick Becker
Representative Ruth Buffalo
Representative Karla Rose Hanson
Representative Terry B. Jones
Representative Jeffery J. Magrum
Representative Aaron McWilliams
Representative Bob Paulson
Representative Gary Paur
Representative Shannon Roers Jones
Representative Bernie Satrom
Representative Luke Simons
Representative Steve Vetter
For more information on HB 1259 or other North Dakota legislation, contact AKC’s Government Relations Department at email@example.com.