|Service Dogs Save Lives!
|State Has Laws Regarding:
Statute Regarding Accessibility: Title 46a, Chapter 814B, Section 46a-44 (1997)
Locations Allowed: Trains or on any other mode of public transportation, and may enter any
other place of public accommodation which caters or offers its services or facilities or goods
to the general public, including but not limited to any public building, inn, restaurant, hotel,
motel, tourist cabin, place of amusement, resort or any facility of any such public
Statute Regarding Interference: 46a-44 (1997)
Interference Includes: Any person who denies the rights afforded to blind, deaf, or mobility
impaired persons under subsections (a) and (b) shall be guilty of a class C misdemeanor,
provided such blind, deaf or mobility impaired person complies with the applicable
provisions of subsection (a) or (b).
Statute Regarding Housing: 46a-44 (1997)
Housing includes: only refers to the right to visit.
Statute Regarding Owner Licenses and Fees: 22-345 (1993)
Licenses or Fee Requirements: Written proof of training. No fee.
Identification Requirements: Identification card and dogs must wear a harness or an orange
colored leash and collar.
Trainers Allowed With Dogs: 46a-44 (1997) and 46a-64 (1997) Same as working dogs.
Trainers Requirements: 46a-44 (1997) and 46a-64 (1997) A person who is employed by
And authorized to engage in designated training activities by a guide dog organization or
assistance dog organization that complies with the criteria for membership in a professional
association of guide dog or assistance dog schools and who carries photographic
identification indicating such employment and authorization.
White Cane Law Statute: 53-211 (1965)
White Cane Law Proclamation: 46a-41 (1991) White Cane Safety Day October 15th
Killing or Injury to Dog: 22-364b (1998) Such owner or keeper shall be liable for any
damage done to such assistance dog, and such liability shall include liability for any costs
incurred by such blind, deaf or mobility impaired person for the veterinary care, rehabilitation
or replacement of the injured assistance dog and for reasonable attorney's fees.
Penalties for Interference: Any person who violates any provision of this section shall be
fined not less than twenty-five nor more than one hundred dollars or imprisoned not more
than thirty days or both.
Summary of Law: Connecticut law guarantees a blind, deaf or physically disabled person has
the legal right to be accompanied by a specially trained dog in housing, all public
accommodations and on all common carriers. The dog must wear a harness or an orange
colored leash and collar and be in the direct custody of the individual. No extra charge can
be levied because of the dog's presence, but the dog user is liable for any damage the dog
might cause to the premises. No fee can be charged for licensing but user must provide
written evidence such as an identification card, that the dog has been specially trained.
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