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, boats or any other public conveyances or modes of transportation, hotels, lodging places, restaurants, professional offices for health or legal services, hospitals, other places of public accommodation, amusement or resort, and other places, including places of employment, to which the general public is invited.”
Housing not mentioned
Licenses/Fees “. . . no head tax may be levied against any guide or support dog especially trained for the purpose of serving as a guide, leader, listener or support for a blind person, deaf person or a person who is physically or mentally disabled.”
Identification “. . . not required to be licensed or certified by a state or local government, nor shall there be any requirement for the specific signage or labeling of a service animal.”
Misrepresentation not mentioned
Trainers “. . . rights, privileges and responsibilities provided by this section also apply to any person who is certified as a trainer of a service animal.”
White Cane cautionary statute; White Cane Safety Day is October 15.
Penalties fined an amount not to exceed fifty dollars
Summary West Virginia law requires that a specially trained Assistance Dog be allowed to accompany a blind, deaf, mentally 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.
White Cane 5-15-5(2002); 5-15-6(2002)
West Virginia Code, Chapter 5, Article 15, Section 4(b).
West Virginia Code Chapter19, Article 20, Section 2.
West Virginia Code, Chapter 5, Article 15, Section 4(e).
West Virginia Code, Chapter 5, Article 15, Section 4(d)
Source Guild to Assistance Dog Laws by Assistance Dogs International's