A new bill that passed unanimously through the House Health Committee and is now on its way for a vote in the House of Representatives. The bill would redefine what a service animal is to include miniature horses.
"They live longer. Their vision is further, and they're easier to take care of," said Joyce Weber, the executive director of Happy Tails, an organization that helps people train their own dogs as service animals.
Currently, state law defines service animals as dogs or "other animals." The new bill, if passed, would define service animals as only trained dogs and miniature horses. This puts Arizona's definition in line with the latest Americans With Disabilities Act definition, and it helps limit people who abuse the right to have service animals inside businesses.
"(I've seen) Pomeranians in (guests') purses or in their laps. (Those dogs were) more lapdogs than service dogs, I think," said Milagro Grill owner Reed Johnson.
Johnson said he's also seen other strange animals in his restaurant - like ferrets and lizards - so he said he supports the new legislation.
"In the industry as a whole if we have consistent regulation, it makes it a lot easier for business owners," he said.
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