Proposed law against misrepresenting pets as service animals fails

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DENVER -- A proposed law that would have made it a crime to pass off a pet as a service animal failed at the State Capitol on Monday.

The bill would have made misrepresenting a service animal a misdemeanor.

Colorado State Sen. Linda Newell co-sponsored the bill after she was outraged by a FOX31 Denver Problem Solvers investigation.

A Colorado company was exposed for selling service animal certifications with no proof of disability required.

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Newell said it was a disappointing loss. While a lot of people supported the proposal, the opponents won. The measure failed, 3-2, in committee.