Missourians who falsely classify their pets as service animals could be charged with a crime.

A bill proposed in the Senate would charge a resident with a class C misdemeanor if they misrepresent their pet as a service animal in order to receive accommodations. 

The bill's sponsor told KOMU 8 News he wants to crack down on residents who buy service animal harnesses in order to bring their pet into public places.

The sponsor says it undermines the Americans with Disabilities Act for those who truly need a service animal.

Under the legislation, the Missouri Commission on Human Rights Hotline would be responsible for investigating the legitimacy of service pets who are reported.