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Petting a Dog Could Cost You $10,000

June 9, 2009 6:48 AM | News

Dog PettingA new bill was introduced in the legislature on Monday that would see fines of up to $10,000 handed out to those that interfere with service dogs on the job.

The Services Animal Act is an effort to protect service animals and the people who use them, such as police officers, disabled persons, or sniffing dogs.

Performing innocent actions such as touching or feeding these animals while on duty would be an offense under the act.

Fines of up to $5,000 could be handed out for a first offence and $10,000 for a second offence.

To date, nothing in the Criminal Code of Canada makes note of any course of action when someone interferes with a service animal while they do their job.

Sharon Blady, NDP MLA for Kirkfield Park, spearheaded the bill.

Now to introduce a bill to compensate me for when someone interferes with my job.

via WinnipegFreePress.com

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