Fox Sports has reported that the State of Kentucky is now allowing owners of service dogs to carry their animals on public streets.
The legislation, passed last week, was sponsored by State Representative Scott Pappas, R-Cumberland, and Senate President Joe Aresimowicz, R – Lexington.
The new law will allow people with service dogs who live in Kentucky to carry them on public transit, buses, taxis, and at gas stations, among other places.
Pappas said that he has a dog named Cinder and has lived in the state for four years.
“I’ve always been a little bit more of a dog person, so it was great for me to be able to have this opportunity to make this change,” he told Fox Sports.
“I think it’s great to see a state that is welcoming all of our dogs.”
Pappos said that this change in law will “change the lives of thousands of Kentucky residents” who already have their dogs on public property, but added that “there’s still a lot of work to be done” to make sure all dogs are treated equally.
According to the Kentucky Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, there are only three service dog policies in Kentucky, and the department has not found any dog carriers that comply with the new law.
But Papps’ office told Fox News that there is a process for new dogs to be adopted into the state, and that new owners are “not required to comply with any requirements.”
Pappy said that his office was “not aware of any changes to existing dog carrier policies,” but that “the department will continue to monitor the status of this legislation to ensure the policy is being enforced.”