**PHOTO ADVISORY** Local dog trainer testifies in support of Zorn’s emotional support animal bills

LANSING, Mich. — Cheryl Wassus, a certified Monroe County dog trainer and evaluator for about 30 years, testified before the Senate Local Government Committee on Thursday in support of Sen. Dale Zorn’s legislation to regulate the prescription of emotional support animals and requests for reasonable accommodation for the animals in housing.

Zorn, R-Ida, serves as chairman of the committee and sponsored Senate Bill 610, which specifies that someone cannot falsely represent themselves to housing providers as a person with a disability for the purpose of allowing a pet in a rental property as an emotional support animal. The bill outlines a standard for proper documentation of the need for an emotional support animal and potential penalties for violating the act. SB 609 would provide a clear distinction in the law between emotional support animals and service animals.

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