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Applies to Guide, Hearing, and Service Dogs
Accessibility “. . . entitled to the full and equal accommodations, advantages, facilities, and privileges of all public conveyances, hotels, lodging places, all places of public accommodation, amusement, or resort, all institutions of education, and other places to which the general public is invited, and may take the dog into such conveyances and places.”
Interference minor misdemeanor
Housing not mentioned
Licenses/Fees exempt provided “. . . the owner can show proof by certificate . . . that the dog is in training or has been trained . . . by a nonprofit special agency.”
Misrepresentation not mentioned
Trainers same rights as disabled; and “Any dog in training to become a guide, leader, listener, or support dog shall be covered by a liability insurance policy provided by the nonprofit special agency engaged in such work protecting members of the public against personal injury or property damage caused by the dog.”
White Cane cautionary statute; no proclamation
Penalties “. . . fined not less than twenty-five dollars or more than one hundred dollars on a first offense, and on each subsequent offense shall be fined not less than seventy-five dollars or more than two hundred fifty dollars and may be imprisoned for not more than thirty days.”
Summary Ohio 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 IX-955-955.43(2003)
Interference IX-955-955.43(B)(2003); IX-955-955.99(D)(1990)
Licenses/Fees IX-955-955.011(1989)
Identification IX-955-955.011(1989); IX-955-955.43(A)(2003)
Trainers IX-955-955.43(2003)
White Cane XLV-4511-4511.47(1970)
Penalties IX-955-955.99(1990)
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Ohio Revised Code, Title IX, Chapter 955, Section 955.43.
Ohio Revised Code, Title IX, Chapter 955, Section 955.011.
Ohio Revised Code, Title IX, Chapter 955, Section 955.43(A3).
Ohio Revised Code, Title IX, Chapter 955, Section 955.99(E1).
Source Guild to Assistance Dog Laws by Assistance Dogs International's

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