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Learn how service animals can assist people with disabilities, penalties for violating service animal laws and responsibilities when using a service animal.
Service animals are dogs specially trained or equipped to help a person with a disability. A service animal must provide significant assistance to a person with a disability, such as:
You may use a service animal with protection under state and federal law only if you are a person with any of the following disabilities:
It is your right to enter with your trained service animal all places where members of the public are normally free to enter. This includes access to:
Service animals in training may also enter with an approved trainer all places where members of the public are normally free to enter.
It is your right to full and equal access to housing accommodations. You are exempt from pet deposits and any policies against owning animals. An exception to this rule is made for single-family residences where only one room is rented, leased or furnished.
It is your right to not be asked about your service animal’s qualifications or certifications when attempting to enter a public place. Representatives of a public facility may ask you about the basic type of assistance the service animal provides you.
You are responsible for any damages to public facilities caused by your service animal and for keeping the animal properly harnessed, leashed or controlled.
Denying entry or service to a person with a disability who uses a service animal is discrimination and a:
Representing an untrained animal as a trained service animal is a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of not more than $300 and 30 hours of community service.