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Massachusetts
 
 
Applies to Guide, Hearing, and Service Dogs
 
Accessibility “. . . any and all accommodations, advantages, facilities and privileges of all public conveyances, public amusements and places of public accommodation, within the commonwealth, to which persons not accompanied by dogs are entitled, subject only to the conditions and limitations applicable to all persons not accompanied by dogs.”
 
Interference fine of $100 to $300
 
Housing It is unlawful “. . . to refuse to rent or lease or sell or negotiate for sale or otherwise to deny to or withhold . . . because such person is blind, or hearing impaired or has any other handicap.”
 
Licenses/Fees “No fee shall be charged for a license for a dog specially trained to lead or serve a blind [also deaf ] person.”
 
Identification “A hearing dog shall, for identification purposes, be fitted with a collar and leash which are of a bright color.”
 
Misrepresentation not mentioned
 
Trainers “A person accompanied by and engaged in the raising or training of a service dog, including a hearing, guide or assistance dog, shall have the same rights, privileges and responsibilities as those afforded to an individual with a disability.”
 
Penalties “. . . fine of not more than three hundred dollars and shall be liable to any person aggrieved thereby for such damages.”
 
Summary Massachusetts law requires that a specially trained Assistance Dog be allowed to accompany a blind, deaf, or physically handicapped 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. The dog user must have proper identification.
 
Accessibility IV-I-272-98A(2000); I- XXI-151C-2A(e)(1986)
 
Interference IV-I-272-98A(1992)
 
Housing I-XXI-151B-4-6(2001)
 
Licenses/Fees I-XX-140-139(1983); I-XIX-129-39C(1983)
 
Identification I-XIX-129-39C(1983)
 
Trainers I-XIX-129-39D(2002); I-XIX-129-39F(2002)
 
Penalties IV-I-272-98A(2000)
 
General Laws of Massachusetts, Part IV, Title I, Chapter 272, Section 98A.
 
General Laws of Massachusetts, Part I, Title XXI, Chapter 151B, Section 4.
 
General Laws of Massachusetts, Part I, Title XX, Chapter 140, Section 139.
 
General Laws of Massachusetts, Part I, Title XIX, Chapter 129, Section 39C.
 
General Laws of Massachusetts, Part I, Title XIX, Chapter 129, Section 39F.
 
General Laws of Massachusetts, Part IV, Title I, Chapter 272, Section 98A.
Source Guild to Assistance Dog Laws by Assistance Dogs International's

 

 
 

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