Category: USA Service Dog Animal Laws
Written by Paul
Applies to Guide, Hearing, and Service Dogs
Accessibility “. . . full and equal accommodations, advantages, facilities, and privileges of all common carriers, airplanes, motor vehicles, railroad trains, motor buses, streetcars, subways, boats or any other public conveyances or modes of transportation, restaurants, hotels, lodging places, places of public accommodation, amusement or resort, and other places to which the general public is invited.”
Interference court can award compensatory damages for interference
Housing “. . . equal opportunity to acquire, as other members of the general public, any housing accommodations offered for sale, rent, lease, or compensation . . .”
Licenses/Fees no license tax shall be levied
Identification “Every totally or partially blind person shall have the right to be accompanied by a dog, in harness, trained as a guide dog, every deaf or hearing-impaired person shall have the right to be accompanied by a dog trained as a hearing dog on a blaze orange leash, and every mobility-impaired person shall have the right to be accompanied by a dog, in a harness or backpack, trained as a service dog.”
Misrepresentation not mentioned
Trainers same rights as disabled person provided dog is identified as a dog in training (harness, blaze orange leash, backpack, jacket) and is at least six months old
White Cane cautionary statute; White Cane Safety Day is October 15.
Penalties court can award compensatory damages
Summary Virginia 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. Dog must be properly identified.
Accessibility 51.5-9-51.5-44(1994) to 51.5-9-51.5-45(1987)
White Cane 46.2-8-46.2-933(1990); 2.2-33-2.2-3315.1(2002)
Code of Virginia, Title 51.5, Chapter 9, Section 51.5-44(B).
Code of Virginia, Title 51.5, Chapter 9, Section 51.5-45(A).
Code of Virginia, Title 51.5, Chapter 9, Section 51.5-45(E).
Code of Virginia, Title 3.1, Chapter 27.4, Section 3.1-796.87.
Code of Virginia, Title 46, Chapter 8, Section 46.2-933.
Code of Virginia, Title 2.2, Chapter 33, Section 2.2-3315.1.
Source Guild to Assistance Dog Laws by Assistance Dogs International's