Service Dog Legal Protection
State of Arizona Definitions (pending revision in 2013 Legislature):
ARS 11-1024. Service animals; rights of individuals with disabilities; violation; classification; definitions
- Any person or entity that operates a public place shall not discriminate against individuals with disabilities who use service animals.
- It is not discriminatory to exclude a service animal from a public place if one or more of the following apply:
- The animal poses a direct threat to the health or safety of others.
- The animal fundamentally alters the nature of the public place or the goods, services or activities provided.
- The animal poses an undue burden.
- Public places may maintain a general no pets policy if it is not used to exclude service animals and if it does not grant rights to any person to bring the person’s pet into a public place that otherwise does not permit pets.
- A service animal handler is liable for any damage done to a public place by the service animal or service animal in training.
- Any trainer or individual with a disability may take an animal being trained as a service animal to a public place for purposes of training it to the same extent as provided in subsections A, B and C of this section.
- A zoo or wild animal park may prohibit a service animal, including a dog guide or service dog, from any area of the zoo or wild animal park where the service animal may come into direct contact with the animals contained in the zoo or wild animal park. Service animals shall not be excluded from public walkways or sidewalks or from any area that allows for physical barriers between the service animals, dog guides or service dogs and the animals in the zoo or wild animal park. Any zoo or wild animal park that prohibits dog guides and service dogs shall provide without cost adequate facilities for the temporary confinement of dog guides and service dogs. The facilities shall be adequate to accommodate the anticipated attendance of legally blind, deaf or physically disabled persons, shall be in an area not accessible to the general public, shall provide water for the dog guides and service dogs and shall otherwise be safe, clean and comfortable. The zoo or wild animal park on request by a legally blind person who is required to leave that person’s dog guide or service dog pursuant to this subsection shall provide a sighted escort if the legally blind person is unaccompanied by a sighted person.
- The driver of a vehicle approaching a legally blind pedestrian who is carrying a cane that is predominately white or metallic in color, who is using a service animal or who is assisted by a sighted person shall yield the right-of-way and take reasonable precautions to avoid injury to the pedestrian and the service animal. The pedestrian has the same rights as any other person whether or not the pedestrian is carrying the cane, using a service animal or being assisted by a sighted person. Drivers shall take the same precautions with respect to
pedestrians who have a disability other than blindness and their service animals. A driver who violates this subsection is liable for damages for any injury caused to the pedestrian or the service animal.
- Any person or entity that violates subsections A through G of this section is guilty of a class 2 misdemeanor.
- This section is not intended to affect any civil remedies available for a violation of this section.
- For the purposes of this section:
- “Direct threat to the health or safety of others” means that a significant risk to the health or safety of others exists and cannot be eliminated by modification of policies, practices or procedures or by the provision of auxiliary aids or services.
- “Discriminate” means discriminatory actions prescribed in section 41-1492.02 and includes:
- Refusing to permit an individual with a disability to enter a public place with a service animal or interfering with the individual’s right to enter or use the public place.
- Failing to provide an individual with a disability the same services and access to the same areas of the premises as afforded to others.
- Attempting to impose a charge, fee or deposit because an individual with a disability is accompanied by a service animal.
- Requiring an individual with a disability to disclose disability related information. However, a public accommodation may ask if the animal is a service animal being used because of a disability.
- Requiring provision of identification for the service animal.
- “Individual with a disability” means an individual who has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more of the major life activities of the individual.
- “Public place” means any office or place of business or recreation to which the general public is invited, whether operated by a public or private entity and includes all forms of conveyance, including taxis, tow trucks and ambulances.
- “Service animal” means any guide dog, signal dog or other animal individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability, including guiding individuals with impaired vision, alerting individuals with impaired hearing to intruders or sounds, providing assistance in a medical crisis, pulling a wheelchair or fetching dropped items.
- “Wild animal park” means an entity that is open to the public on a regular basis, that is licensed by the United States department of agriculture as an exhibit and that is operating primarily to conserve, propagate and exhibit wild and exotic animals.