California Takes Action to Combat Emotional Support Animal Fraud

California Governor Gavin Newsom has signed into law Assembly Bill 468, which imposes strict requirements for emotional support animals. Among the law’s provisions are penalties for individuals who sell dogs as emotional support animals without providing documentation stating the animals are not entitled to the same accommodations as guide, signal, or service animals, and imposing restrictions on healthcare professionals regarding the lawful issuance of emotional support dog documentation. Violations of the statute are subject to civil penalties ranging from $500 - $2,500.