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New law prohibits fake service dogs

  • Video by Nina Wu. Photos by Cindy Ellen Russell

    A new law will penalize owners who parade their pets as fake service dogs. Fines range from $100 to $500. Over the years, Patrick Hamlow had a few run-ins with fake service dogs. He gets around with his trained service dog Umi.


    Patrick Hamlow’s trained service dog Umi pushes a button to open the door for him. Hamlow lost his legs due to complications from a staph infection and is able to live an independent life with the help of Umi. Click here for more photos of Umi and Hamlow.


    Umi escorts Patrick Hamlow down a ramp at Waterfront Plaza. The Labradoodle was trained by Hawaii Fi-Do Service Dogs. Dogs train for two years to learn more than 90 commands and skills.

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