The state legislature has found that misrepresentations of pets, therapy animals, or emotional support animals as service animals has made it harder for people with disabilities to get acceptance of their properly trained and essential service animals.
What does the new law do?
What is a “service animal”?
The definition includes only
RCW 49.60.040 (24).
Does this include emotional support animals?
What kinds of work do service animals do?
Some examples include
guiding an owner who is blind or has low vision
pulling a wheelchair
assisting during a seizure
fetching medication or the phone
What is a place of public accommodation?
Restaurants, stores, hotels, and so on. The longer list is at RCW 49.60.040(2).
How will the law work in real life?
If a service animal’s trained purpose is not apparent, a place of public accommodation or a police officer can ask:
They cannot ask for
What happens if someone misrepresents an animal as a service animal?
The person may have to
This is also true of someone who refuses to answer the questions asked of them in situations described in “How will the law work in real life,” above.
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