Shelton man with snake lobbies for service animals

A man from Shelton who uses a snake as a service animal traveled to Olympia on Tuesday to lobby against a bill that would narrow the definition of an aid animal.

The measure opposed by Daniel Green would change the state law on service animals to meet federal standards, narrowing the definition to dogs and miniature horses.

But Green says he’s trained his snake to hug him when it feels an epileptic seizure coming to avoid injuries.

At a Senate Labor, Commerce and Consumer Protection Committee hearing, Green said the proposed bill would preclude him from going to many places. Green kept his snake in a bag during the hearing.

Restaurants and other retailers have backed the measure, saying that allowing any animal to be considered a service animal creates health hazards and other problems for their customers.