Category: USA Service Dog Animal Laws
Written by Paul
Applies to Guide, Hearing, and Service Dogs
Accessibility “. . . entitled to full and equal accommodations, advantages, facilities, and privileges of all common carriers, airplanes, motor vehicles, railroad trains, motor buses, streetcars, boats or other public conveyances or modes of transportation, hotels, lodging places, places of public accommodations, amusement, or resort, or other places to which the general public is invited, subject only to the conditions and limitations established by law and applicable to all persons.”
Housing “. . . entitled to full and equal access to all housing accommodations provided for in this section . . . shall not be required to pay extra compensation for service dogs, however the person may be liable for any damages done to the premises or facilities by the service dog.” (Guide and Hearing only)
Licenses/Fees exempt from fees upon submission of an “affidavit from the owner or owners stating that the dog for which the license is sought has been professionally trained as a dog guide.”
Identification “. . . identification issued by a service dog trainer organization which trains and certifies service dogs for the disabled;” clerk issues an orange tag labeled “dog guide.”
Trainers same rights as disabled
White Cane precautionary statute; White Cane Safety Day is October 15.
Penalties fine not exceeding $500 for each offense
Summary Maryland law requires that a specially trained Assistance Dog be allowed to accompany a blind, deaf, or 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 Article 30, White Cane Law, Section 33(d,1)(1997); (expand list to reach articles)
Interference Article 30, White Cane Law, Section 33(g)(1,2)(1997)
Housing Article 30, White Cane Law, Section 33(i4)(1997)
Licenses/Fees Article 24, Title 11, Section 11-502(1992)
Identification Article 30, White Cane Law, Section 33(l)
Trainers Article 30, White Cane Law, Section 33(k)(1997)
White Cane Title 21, Subtitle 5, Section 21-511(1997); Article 30, Section 33(h)(1997)
Penalties Article 30, White Cane Law, Section 33(g,1)
Maryland Statutes, Article 30, Section 33(d,1).
Maryland Statutes, Article 30, Section 33(i,4).
Maryland Statutes, Article 24, Title 11, Section 11-502(a).
Maryland Statutes, Article 30, Section 33(l).
Title 21 is under Transportation.
Source Guild to Assistance Dog Laws by Assistance Dogs International's