Oregon Senate approves guidelines for service animals

Oregon Senate approves guidelines for service animals
FILE - Patricia Kepler, who has been blind since she was 17 years old, walks her service dog, Nisha. The Oregon Legislature is considering a bill that would narrow the types of dogs allowed in public places.

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The state Senate has approved a bill establishing guidelines for service animals

Under Senate Bill 610, a service animal would be defined as one that is trained to perform tasks for someone with a disability.

The issue arose because people were taking all kinds of pets into restaurants and stores, and passing them off as service animals.

The lead sponsor of the bill is Sen. Jeff Kruse, a Roseburg Republican. While working on the bill, he heard of someone bringing a service snake to dinner.

The Senate approved the bill unanimously. It now goes to the House.

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