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Rhode Island
Applies to Guide, Hearing, and Service Dogs
Accessibility “. . . full and equal accommodations, advantages, facilities and privileges on any public conveyance operated on land or water or in the air, . . . or any stations and terminals thereof, not limited to taxis, airplanes, motor vehicles, railroad trains, motor buses, street cars, boats and in any educational institution . . . and in places of public resort, accommodation, assemblage or amusement, not limited to hotels, lodging places, restaurants, theater and in all other places to which the general public is invited.”
Interference misdemeanor
Housing “. . . entitled to full and equal access to all housing accommodations . . . shall not be required to pay extra compensation . . . shall be liable for any damage done to the premises.”
Licenses/Fees “. . . no fee [can] be charged to license guide dogs used by persons with disabilities.”
Identification must be “. . . clearly identified as such by a yellow harness.”
Misrepresentation not mentioned
Trainers “Every trainer or puppy raiser of a personal assistance animal shall have the same rights and privileges as” disabled persons.
Injury to Dog “It is unlawful for any person to injure a personal assistance animal and shall be liable for the injuries to the assistance animal.”
White Cane cautionary statute; no proclamation
Penalties “. . . imprisonment in the county jail for not more than six (6) months or by a fine of not less than one hundred dollars ($100), or by both.”
Summary Rhode Island law requires that a specially trained Assistance Dog be allowed to accompany a blind, deaf, or disabled person or trainer or puppy raiser 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 39-2-13(1997); 40-9.1-1 to 40-9.1-3(1997)
Interference 40-9.1-3(1997)
Housing 34-37-4(2002); 40-9.1-2(1997)
Licenses/Fees 4-13-4(c)(1998)
Identification 31-18-14(1979); 39-2-13(1997)
Trainers 40-9.1-2.1(1997)
Injury to Dog 4-13-16.1(1999); 40-9.1-3(1997)
White Cane 31-18-14(1979); 31-18-16.1(1985)
Penalties 40-9.1-3(1997); 31-18-16; 31-18-16.1(1985)
State of Rhode Island General Laws, Title 40, Chapter 9, Section 40-9.1-1.
State of Rhode Island General Laws, Title 34, Chapter 37, Section 34-37-4(e2).
State of Rhode Island General Laws, Title 4, Chapter 13, Section 4-13-4(C).
State of Rhode Island General Laws, Title 31, Chapter 18, Section 31-18-14; also 39-2-13.
State of Rhode Island General Laws, Title 40, Chapter 9.1, Section 40-9.1-2.1.
State of Rhode Island General Laws, Title 40, Chapter 9.1, Section 40-9.1-3(1b).
State of Rhode Island General Laws, Title 40, Chapter 9.1, Section 40-9.1-3(1d).
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