New move to raise accessibility for service animals

LANSING, Mich (WLNS) – For those people with physical or emotional disabilities service animals can be invaluable.

Now a new law, set to take effect this month, will increase accessibility for owners and their furry helpers.

People with service dogs or mini-horses can now voluntarily apply to receive a special patch that will let others, like businesses, know that the animal is a service or therapy animal.

To receive the patch owners must be notarized and have a doctor’s note.

Advocates and legislators hope this new identification method will help reduce the number of people carrying fake service animal indentification.

“For me to have this official registration it means that the person that’s carrying certification from the state of Michigan, actually has the right to have a service dog and they actually need it,” said service dog owner Jennifer Curtis.

This law also helps to reduce the number of businesses that turn-away certified helper animals.

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