A bill was introduced in the State house today to bring the proper recognition to some furry tenants in homes and apartments.
Service animals are important to the medical community and provide care where humans can’t.
Dr. Ng, Chief Medical Officer at Acadia hospital said research has shown that therapy dogs can be helpful in cases such as social phobia, anxiety, and depression.
Unfortunately, some people claim to have service animals without proper certification, and are ruining the reputation of animals who go through months of training to help those in need. Representative Picchotti proposed a bill Tuesday in Augusta, trying to make it harder for untrained animals to live in apartments where they are restricted and causing damage.
The proposed bill would help service animals receive the proper paperwork proving their certification through months of hard work. Representative Picchotti is recommending more flexibility from the federal government for this bill to pass.