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State officials encouraging service animal state patches

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FLINT, MI (WNEM) -

State officials are once again encouraging those with disabilities to make it easier for others to accommodate their service animals.

The department of Civil Rights visited Flint to outline a new law going into effect on Jan. 18.

The law gives owners of service animals the option to get a state patch which can be put onto the animals vest.

The patch is supposed to make it easier for businesses, schools, and other places to determine if an animal truly is a service animal.

“It's important because this is a center where we have a growing population of individuals with disabilities who need the support of service animals, including miniature horses,” said director Agustin Arbulu.

The law also stiffens penalties for people who falsely say their pet is a service animal.

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