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Pets for Vets Act of 2020 would waive adoption fees for veterans

Posted: 5:57 PM, Jan 29, 2020
Updated: 2020-01-29 18:12:21-05
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ANNAPOLIS, Md. — In Annapolis, the General Assembly is considering passing Pets for Vets Act of 2020.

Senator Bryan Simonaire is the sponsor of the bill.

"We see how pets have helped veterans so, that would alleviate the adoption fee if they would go to a county or government animal facility and they can get an animal without those fees as well," said Simonaire.

Simonaire is also working on a bill that would define the terms of service dog, support dog, and therapy horse.

Current Maryland law defines “service dog” as any dog that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability, including a physical, sensory, psychiatric, intellectual, or other mental disability.

“Service dog” does not include any other species of animal, either wild, domestic, trained, or untrained.

There is no current definition for “therapy horse” in Maryland regulations.