Many of us have seen it.

A person and their dog will walk into a store with a “no pets allowed” sign. The dog barks or yips, disturbing other customers. Employees make it known that pets aren’t welcome.

“It’s OK,” the person will say. “It’s my service dog.” Or, “it’s my therapy dog.”

Public access for certified service dogs is covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act. But more and more states are strictly defining the term “service animal.” Now, Washington is joining the fray. Lawmakers are considering a bill that would make it a crime to lie about your dog being a service animal, and more tightly define the definition of the term, restricting what some are calling the rise of fake service dogs.

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