|Service Dogs Save Lives!
|State Has Laws Regarding:
Statute Regarding Accessibility: Title 16, Chapter 95, section 9502 (71-72); Title 31,
Chapter 21, section 2117 (83-84); Title 6, Chapter 45, section 4504 (95-96)
Locations Allowed: Full and equal accommodations, advantages, facilities and privileges on
all common carriers, airplanes, motor vehicles, railroad trains, motor buses, streetcars, boats
or any other public conveyances or modes of transportation, and in all hotels, lodging
places, places of public accommodation, amusement or resort and other places to which the
general public is invited, subject only to the conditions and limitations established by law.
Statute Regarding Interference: 9504 (71-72) 2117 (83-84) and 4504 (95-96)
Interference Includes: Any person or persons, firm, or corporation or an agent thereof who
denies or interferes with the rights of a totally or partially blind or otherwise disabled person
as specified in 9502 shall be guilty of a misdemeanor.
Statute Regarding Housing: 9505 (71-72)
Housing Includes: All housing access for Guide Dogs.
Statute Regarding Owner Licenses and Fees: 1701 (83-84)
Licenses or Fee Requirements: Waived for Guide Dogs only.
Trainers Allowed With Dogs: 4504 (95-96) Same as users.
White Cane Law Statute: 9503 (71-72)
White Cane Law Proclamation: 9501 (91-92) White Cane Safety Day October 15th
Killing or Injury to Dog: 1717 (91-92) Whoever willfully tortures, poisons, beats, kicks,
strikes, mutilates, injures, disables, or otherwise mistreats a dog used to assist the blind, the
visually impaired or the handicapped shall be fined not less than $50 for each offense, nor
more than $100.
Penalties for Interference: Any person who violates this chapter shall upon conviction for
such offense in a Justice of the Peace Court, be fined $100 for every such violation.
Summary of Law: Delaware 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 only limitation is that a dog can be
excluded where a "clear danger" of harm to others can be established. 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.
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