Category: USA Service Dog Animal Laws
Written by Paul
Applies to Guide, Hearing, and Service Dogs
Accessibility “. . . entitled to accommodations, advantages, facilities, and privileges of all common carriers, airplanes, motor vehicles, railroad trains, motor buses, streetcars, boats, or any other public conveyances or modes of transportation; hotels, lodging places, places of public accommodation, amusement or resort to which the general public is invited, subject only to the conditions and limitations established by law and applicable alike to all persons.”
Interference Class 3 misdemeanor
Housing “. . . each handicapped citizen shall have the same right as any other citizen to live and reside in residential communities, homes, and group homes . . . has the right to keep the assistance dog on any premises the person leases, rents, or uses. The person qualifies for these rights upon the showing of a tag, issued by the Department of Health and Human Services.”
Licenses/Fees “No fee may be charged the person for the application, registration, tag, or replacement in the event the original is lost.”
Identification not mentioned
Misrepresentation “. . . unlawful to disguise a dog as an assistance dog, or to deprive a visually impaired person, a hearing impaired person, or a mobility impaired person of any rights granted.”
Trainers same rights as disabled during training sessions
White Cane cautionary statute; no proclamation
Injury to Dog misdemeanor or felony depending on severity of act
Penalties Class 3 misdemeanor for interference
Summary North Carolina law requires that a specially trained Assistance Dog be allowed to accompany a blind, deaf, mentally 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 168-I-168-3(1973); 168-I-168-4.2(1991)
Housing 168-I-168-4.2(1997); 168-I-168.9(1985)
White Cane 20-3-20-175.1(1949)
Injury to Dog 14-23-14-163.1(2001)
North Carolina General Statutes, Chapter 168, Article I, Section 168-3.
North Carolina General Statutes, Chapter 168, Article I, Sections 168-9, 168-4.2.
North Carolina General Statutes, Chapter 168, Article I, Section 168-4.3.
North Carolina General Statutes, Chapter 168, Article I, Section 168-4.5.
Source Guild to Assistance Dog Laws by Assistance Dogs International's