|Barked: Tue Jun 18, '13 12:34pm PST |
|Sixteen states have so-called "faker laws": they are California, Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Maine, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Texas, Utah and Washington. These laws make it a misdemeanor or other minor crime to falsely represent that a dog is an SD; the details of what is considered faking, and penalties for it, vary widely.
Source: http://animallaw.info/articles/State%20Tables/tbusassistanceanimals. htm (close up spaces)
As far as reporting fake SDs goes... good luck. You could either call the police or contact your local district attorney's office, but you might have trouble getting either to take you seriously. I have to say I've been looking for several years now for any case in which someone was prosecuted under a faking law but have yet to hear of one. Maybe someone will prove me wrong here, though!
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