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.”
Housing “A person with a disability who has a service animal or who obtains a service animal is entitled to full and equal access to all housing accommodations . . . The person with a disability may not be required to pay extra compensation for the service animal but is liable for any damage done to the premises by the service animal.”
Licenses/Fees not mentioned
Identification “For the purposes of this section, a service animal in training that is a dog shall wear a leash, collar, cape, harness, or backpack that identifies in writing that the dog is a service animal in training. Other service animals in training must also be identifiable by written identification as a service animal in training. The written identification for service animals in training must be visible and legible from a distance of at least 20 feet.”
Misrepresentation not mentioned
Trainers “A person who is training a service animal is entitled to the same rights and assumes the same responsibilities granted to a person with a disability.”
White Cane cautionary statute; no proclamation
Penalties [anyone] “. . . who shall fail to take precaution against accidents or injury to such person after coming to a stop, as provided for herein, is guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by a fine not to exceed $25.”
Summary Montana 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 49-4-211(1981); 49-4-214(1997)
White Cane 49-4-216(1979)
Montana Code, Title 49, Chapter 4, Section 49-4-211(1).
Montana Code, Title 49, Chapter 4, Section 49-4-214(2).
Montana Code, Title 49, Chapter 4, Section 49-4-214(4).
Montana Code, Title 49, Chapter 4, Section 49-4-214(3).
Montana Code, Title 49, Chapter 4, Section 49-4-217.
Source Guild to Assistance Dog Laws by Assistance Dogs International's