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Owner of fake service animal may get jail time with new law

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A new Florida law taking effect July 1 will make it a misdemeanor to pass off an unqualified pet as a service animal. The law, proposed by state Rep. Jimmie Smith, R-Inverness, will make misrepresenting a dog as a service dog a second-degree misdemeanor. The offense is punishable with up to 60 days in jail and 30 hours of community service for an organization that services people with disabilities, to be completed in less than six months. The law will…

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