New Service Dog Bill Aims to Stop Fake Service Animals

Effective August 1, owners presenting fake service dogs will be breaking the law. It’s a great feeling to have your faithful pup with you at all times, but there’s a huge difference in enjoying com…



Effective August 1, owners presenting fake service dogs will be breaking the law.


It’s a great feeling to have your faithful pup with you at all times, but there’s a huge difference in enjoying companionship and depending on a service dog to accomplish day-to-day tasks. A new bill aims to define this difference and curb the growing number “fake service animals”* in public spaces.


Effective this August, House Bill 2588 will make it illegal to misrepresent an animal not specifically trained to assist their owners mitigate a disability (or in other words, a pet) as a service dog in the state of Arizona. Those found in violation could face fines upwards $250.