LETTER – Bucco bill helping disabled people retain retired service dogs as pets signed into law

Gov. Chris Christie today signed legislation sponsored by Assemblyman Anthony Bucco allowing the disabled to keep their retired service dogs as pets without violating housing contracts that restrict animals.

“When a person depends on their dog for help to get through the day, an intense bond develops that should never be broken by a legal technicality,” said Bucco (R-Morris). “A person’s best friend is his dog, and that is never more true than with a service dog.”

When service dogs can no longer fulfill their duties, they are retired and classified as pets. The new law exempts retired dogs from leases prohibiting pets or limiting renters to one dog.

“After years of loyal service, a guide dog becomes part of the family,” said Bucco. “The retired dog earned the right to remain in a loving home, and we are ensuring housing contracts will not interfere.”