Category: USA Service Dog Animal Laws
Written by Paul
Applies to Guide, Hearing, and Service Dogs
Accessibility “. . . to full and equal access, as are other members of the general public, to accommodations, advantages, facilities and privileges of all common carriers, airplanes, motor vehicles, railroad trains, motorbuses, streetcars, 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, subject only to the conditions and limitations established by law, or state or federal regulation, and applicable alike to all persons.”
Housing not mentioned
Licenses/Fees not mentioned
Identification “Every totally or partially blind person and every deaf person shall have the right to be accompanied by a guide dog or hearing ear dog on a blaze orange leash, especially trained for the purpose.”
Misrepresentation not mentioned
Trainers same rights as disabled person
White Cane precautionary statute; White Cane Safety Day is October 15.
Injury to Dog [it is illegal to] “. . . willfully and maliciously assault, beat, harass, injure, or attempt to assault, beat, harass or injure, a dog that he or she knows or has reason to believe is a guide or leader dog for a blind individual, a hearing dog for a deaf or audibly impaired individual, or a service dog for a physically limited individual.”
Penalties “. . . fine not exceeding one hundred dollars ($100.00) or by imprisonment in the county jail for a period not exceeding sixty (60) days, or by both such fine and imprisonment.”
Summary Mississippi 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 43-6-5(1978); 43-6-7(1978); 43-6-155(2000)
Interference 43-6-11(1978); 97-41-21(1)(b)(I997)
White Cane 63-3-1111(1950); 43-6-13(1972)
Injury to Dog 97-41-21(l)(a)(l997)
Mississippi Code, Title 43, Chapter 6, Section 5.
Mississippi Code, Title 43, Chapter 6, Section 7.
Mississippi Code, Title 97, Chapter 41, Section 21.
Mississippi Code, Title 43, Chapter 6, Section 11.
Source Guild to Assistance Dog Laws by Assistance Dogs International's