Service Dog Legislation

Courtesy of MLive.

(WLNS) – A local representative and army veteran wants to make sure all veterans who have service dogs can feel safe knowing they are properly trained.

One year is the average amount of time a veteran will have to wait to be able to receive a service dog. Representative Barrett believes with a wait list that long the opportunity to push dogs who have not had enough training into service is all to tempting. That is why he is teamed up with other Michigan lawmakers to sponsor a bill that would ensure every veteran who needs a service dog can trust that the dog has received proper training. The bill would also address the community and reassure businesses that service dogs entering their doors are equipped to operate in diverse situations.

Representative Barrett believes this bill would alleviate issues veterans currently face while applying and obtaining service dogs. He expects the legislation to be ready for introduction in the next few weeks.

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