Qualifying pets as service animalsUPDATED 9:23 PM HST Mar 22, 2014Video Transcript
Our four-legged best friends hold an important place in our lives...but when is that role classified as service? KITV4's Nana Ohkawa reports on steps to put a definition on the issue. 1-4 38-42 206 SHE HELPS WITH MY STABILITY BOTH MENTAL AND PHYSICAL 11 334 I WOULDN'T BE ABLE TO FUNCTION NORMALLY WITHOUT HER 336 Helen, has been Landon Kam's service animal for three years now. Kam says the Akita can detect seizures and low blood pressure... She also helps Kam train other dogs to become service animals. Whats the difference between a serve dog and a furry best friend? A hearing on a bill Friday to make it a violation to falsely represent an animal as a service animal. Some say nondisabled individuals exploit getting access to restaurants and buildings by falsifying the animals certifications. slom 17 IT'S REALLY A SHAME PEOPLE WOULD DO THAT BECAUSE YOU RAISE LIABILITY IF PEOPLE BRING THEIR PET IN WHO'S NOT A SERVICE ANIMAL AND THERE'S A BITE IT LEADS TO PROBLEMS 28 That's happened to Helen... Kam says she's been bit several times in grocery stores and at the mall ...one time her injuries were bloody. But how to enforce regulations remains unclear. slom 1811 THE ATTORNEY GENERAL SAID PART OF THE PROBLEM IS YOU CAN'T ASK CERTAIN QUESTIONS UNDER THE AMERICANS FOR DISABILITY ACT 17 Landon Kam 136 THE ONLY QUESTIONS YOU ARE ALLOWED TO ASK IS IT A SERVICE DOG AND PEOPLE WHO HAVE NO PROBLEM MISREPRESENTIN G A DOG AS SERVICE DOGS I DON'T SEE A PROBLEM AS LYING 47 Kam says a state run register of service animals could help. Senator Sam Slom says the state may plan to model legislation from other states. The fine was placed at 1- thousand dollars. The bill was defered ...if it will be heard again is up for discussion.