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Arizona Service Dog Laws

Arizona Service Dog Laws

No Comments January 2, 2016

Definitions

Under rights/discrimination law:

“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.
R. S. § 11-1024

Under criminal injury to service animal law:

“Service animal” means an animal that has completed a formal training program, that assists its owner in one or more daily living tasks that are associated with a productive lifestyle and that is trained to not pose a danger to the health and safety of the general public.

A.R.S. § 13-2910

Accommodation Law

Any person or entity that operates a public place shall not discriminate against individuals with disabilities who use service animals.

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 subject to exceptions in law.

Violation is a class 2 misdemeanor.

Law has exception for zoos or wild animal parks where service animals may come into direct contact with the animals.
R. S. § 11-1024

Harassment of/Interference with Service Dogs

Per A.R.S. § 13-2910, a person commits cruelty to animals if the person does any of the following:

  • Intentionally or knowinglyinterferes with, kills or harms a working or service animal without either legal privilege or consent of the owner (class 6 felony).
  • Intentionally or knowingly allows any dogthat is under the person’s custody or control to interfere with, kill or cause physical injury to a service animal (class 6 felony).
  • Recklessly allows any dogthat is under the person’s custody or control to interfere with, kill or cause physical injury to a service animal (class 1 misdemeanor).
  • Intentionally or knowingly obtains or exerts unauthorized control over a service animal with the intent to deprive the service animal handler of the service animal (class 6 felony).

Driving Law

The driver of a vehicle approaching a legally blind pedestrian who is using a service animal shall yield the right-of-way and take reasonable precautions to avoid injury to the pedestrian and the service animal. A driver who violates this subsection is liable for damages for any injury caused to the pedestrian or the service animal. Also a class 2 misdemeanor.
R.S. § 13-2910

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