Gov. Rick Perry has strengthened the rights of service dogs in Texas -- with a little help from a canine.
Perry on Friday signed into a law a bill ensuring that restaurants and food stores allow service dogs, including those for military veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder.
Joining Perry for the ceremonial signing at a Veterans of Foreign Wars hall was 3-year-old rat terrier named Boots. The dog belongs to veteran Adan Gallegos, who served in Iraq from 2003 to 2004.
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The new measure limits how much employees can ask disabled people about entering with dogs -- even those with PTSD, or other disorders that aren't visibly obvious. The bill also includes a fine for discriminating against a disabled person.