Texas Law Allows Service Dogs in Public Without Certification

Wichita Falls, TX. - No dogs allowed signs may be a thing of the past in Texas.

House bill 489 was recently signed by Governor Rick Perry.

It allows service dogs to be in all public places without owners having to show their certification.

Dogs have to be trained as service dogs before getting that certification.

Kenneth George works at Beacon Lighthouse for the Blind in Wichita Falls and is visually impaired.

 He says it is easy to spot a service dog because they have a harness that marks them as one and he hopes the new law will stop discrimination surrounding service dogs in public.

George says he was once asked to take his dog out of a restaurant, and he feels it is important she stay by his side.

 "She's my mother hen with my medical problems, she's worth more to me then what most people can realize," says George.

George says even with the new law, he will continue to carry his service dog papers with him.

The bill becomes law in September.


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