Hawaii Fi-Do hosts education awareness event on service animals

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Half a dozen dogs took over Tamarind Park in downtown Honolulu on Friday with an important message.

They’re trying to educate the public about the important role service animals play in the community.

There is a measure to crack down on those trying to pass off their pets as service animals making its way through the legislature.

“We think it’s a start for educational program,” said Hawaii Fi-Do executive director. “right now  a person can say well it’s not against the law. You know what, technically they’re right. This bill would take that rug from underneath them and give them pause to think. Wait a minute, it is against the law now. I really shouldn’t be doing this.”

Those caught trying to pass off their pet as a service animal when it’s not could face a $500 fine.

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