Category: USA Service Dog Animal Laws
Written by Paul
Applies to Guide, Hearing, and Service Dogs
Accessibility “. . . full and free use of the streets, highways, sidewalks, walkways, public buildings, public facilities and other public places . . . accommodations, advantages, facilities and privileges of all common carriers . . . hotels, lodging places, places of public accommodation, amusement or resort, and other places to which the general public is invited.”
Housing “. . . full and equal access to all housing accommodations . . . may not be required to pay extra compensation to keep sight-assistance or personal care animals . . .is liable for any damages done to the premises by the animal.”
Licenses/Fees exempt; must be able to prove dog is trained
Identification “. . . collar and leash colored hunter orange . . . carry a card, issued by the Bureau of Rehabilitation Services.”
Misrepresentation civil violation
Trainers same rights as disabled persons
White Cane precautionary statute; White Cane Safety Day is October 15.
Injury to Dog “. . . civil violation for which a forfeiture of not more than $1,000 may be adjudged.”
Penalties misdemeanor (interference); Class E crime for which a forfeiture not to exceed $100 may be adjudged (misrepresentation)
Summary Maine law requires that a specially trained Assistance Dog be allowed to accompany a blind, deaf, or physically disabled person or trainer to all public accommodations and common carriers. Extra charges cannot be made due to the presence of the dog, but if the dog causes damage to the premises, the dog user is liable.
Accessibility 17-47-1312(1997); 26-19-1420-A(2003)
Interference 17-47-1314(2003); 26-19-1420-C(2003)
Housing 17-47-1312(5)(1997); 26-19-1420-A(2003)
Licenses/Fees 7-9-721-3922(4)(1995); 7-9-721-3923-A (3)(A,B,C) (2003)
Identification 26-19-1420-A(2003); 26-19-1420-D(2003)
Misrepresentation 17-47-1314-A(2003); 26-19-1420-C(2003)
Trainers 17-47-1312(4)(1997); 26-19-1420-A(4)(2003)
White Cane 17-47-1313 (1997); 17-47-1315(1971); 26-29-1420-B(1996)
Injury to Dog 7-9-729-3961-A(2001)
Maine Revised Statutes, Title 17, Chapter 47, Section 1312(1, 2).
Maine Revised Statutes, Title 17, Chapter 47, Section 1312(5).
Maine Revised Statutes, Title 26, Chapter 19, Subchapter 2, Article 8, Section 1420-A(3).
Maine Revised Statutes, Title 7, Part 9, Chapter 729, Section 3961-A.
Title 7, Part 9, Chapter 721, Section 3923-A.
Title 7, Part 9, Chapter 721, Section 3961-A.
Source Guild to Assistance Dog Laws by Assistance Dogs International's