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Governor's Commission on Disability

Service Animals

service dog sitting in front of a US flagThe Law and Service Animals pdf file

Service animals are an essential feature of American society. They assist a great number of people with disabilities. However, as service animals become more and more prominent in the modern world, there is growing confusion that surrounds them. Questions regarding where service animals are permitted, what tasks they can perform, and what a service animal even is remain as common as ever before.

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, Service Dogs are allowed to accompany their handlers anywhere the individual with disabilities is allowed to enter. Service animals are defined as dogs that are individually trained to do work or to perform tasks for people with disabilities. As there is no central registry for service dogs, we understand that there are many attempts to pass off pet dogs as service animals.



No pets allowed, service animal only notice


A black lab service dog laying on the floor

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