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; and are entitled to full and equal accommodations, advantages, facilities, and privileges of all common carriers, airplanes, motor vehicles, railroad trains, motor buses, boats, or any other public conveyances or modes of transportation, hotels, lodging places, places of public accommodation, amusement, or resort, and other places to which the general public is invited.”
Housing “. . . entitled to full and equal access, as other members of the general public, to all housing accommodations offered for rent, lease, or compensation, subject to the conditions and limitations established by law and applicable alike to all persons.”
Licenses/Fees not mentioned
Identification Dog must be “. . . identified as being from a recognized program which trains service animals to aid blind or deaf persons or persons with physical or sensory disabilities, and . . . properly harnessed or leashed.”
Misrepresentation not mentioned
Trainers same rights as disabled
White Cane precautionary statute; White Cane Safety Day is October 15.
Injury to Dog “No person shall intentionally and without justification cause bodily harm to a service animal while it is providing service or while it is in the custody of the person it serves.”
Penalties misdemeanor; convicted person must “pay restitution for costs and expenses resulting from this crime.”
Summary Minnesota 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 256C.02(1989); 363A.19(2001)
Housing 256C.025(1988); 363A.09
White Cane 256C.03(1988);169.202(1971); 256C.04(1986)
Injury to Dog 343.21 Subd. 8a (2001)
Penalties 256C.05(1971); 609.226(4c)
Use Current Minnesota Statutes search engine; enter Chapter, i.e., 256C.02.
Minnesota Statutes, Chapter 256C.02.
Minnesota Statutes, Chapter 256C.025.
Minnesota Statutes, Chapter 363A.19.
Minnesota Statutes, Chapter 343.21(8a).
Minnesota Statutes 609.226(4c).
Source Guild to Assistance Dog Laws by Assistance Dogs International's