Victoria, Canada — A proposed law in British Columbia aims to curb the seemingly rampant use of fake service dog IDs in the Canadian province.
As more and more dog owners appear to be using fake service dog IDs and fake jackets to get their pets inside places where they’re normally not allowed in— like restaurants and public transit— B.C. legislators have decided to take action.
In an interview with Daybreak South, B.C. and Alberta Guide Dogs CEO Bill Thornton told:
“It’ll be a bit like a service dog driving licence if you like.”
Under the proposed law, legitimate service dogs normally trained to accompany the visually impaired, the hearing impaired, individuals on a wheelchair, individuals with autism, or those who have a tendency to suffer from seizure attacks, will be given government-issued service dog IDs.
According to Thornton, without the proposed law, it’s a bit of a challenge to identify legitimate service dogs. He told:
“It is an awkward circumstance for someone to challenge someone who purports to have a disability and they’ve got a jacket on the dog — it’s very difficult and often those folks behave very poorly when challenged.”
Once the proposed bill is passed, however,
“They’ll be able to check for the … license and if you have it then you’re entitled to go in, and if you don’t have it you’re not entitled to come in with the dog.”
B.C.’s Guide Dog and Service Dog Act has already passed the first reading and implementation of the new law is expected by fall.
Source: CBC News British Columbia: Fake ‘service dog’ ID brought to heel by proposed B.C. law