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Statute Regarding Accessibility: Title XXI, Chapter 258, section 258.500 (2002)
Locations Allowed: To any hotel, motel, restaurant or eating establishment, nor shall the
blind person be denied full and equal accommodations, facilities and privileges of all public
places of amusement, theater or resort when accompanied by a guide dog. Any blind person
accompanied by a guide dog shall be entitled to full and equal accommodations on all public
transportation, provided that the guide dog shall not occupy a seat in any public conveyance,
nor endanger the public safety. The use of any elevator operated for public use.
Statute Regarding Interference:258.990 (1958) and 258.991 (1966)
Interference Includes: Any person violating 258.500 (2002)
Licenses or Fee Requirements: 258.500 (10) (2002) Assistance dogs are exempt from all
state and local licensing fees.
Identification Requirements: Identification card and must wear a harness.
Trainers Allowed with Dogs: 258.500 (1)-(8) (2002) Same as disabled.
Trainers Requirements: 258.500 (7)-(8) (2002) is being trained by a recognized training
agency or school, and is properly harnessed. All persons accompanied by an assistance dog
shall have in their personal possession a certificate issued by the assistance dog training
agency or school.
White Cane Law Statute: 189.575 (1978)
Killing or Injury to Dog: 525.200-525.220 (1998) A person is guilty of an assault on a
service animal in the first or second degree when he intentionally and without legal
justification or lawful authority kills or causes physical imjury to a service animal. The
defendant may be ordered to make restitution to the person or agency owning the animal for
any veterinary bills, replacement costs of the animal if it is disabled or killed, and the salary
of the animal handler for the period of time his services are lost to the agency or
Penalties for Interference: Any person violating 258.500 shall be punished by a fine of not
less than twenty-five dollars ($25.00), nor more than one hundred dollars ($100)m or by
imprisonment in the county jail for not less than 10 nor more than 30 days, or both.
Summary of Law: Kentucky law guarantees a blind, deaf, or physically disabled person has
the legal right to be accompanied by a specially trained dog in all public accommodations
and on all common carriers. No extra charge can be levied because of the dog's presence.
The dog must wear a harness and be in the custody of the dog user. The dog user must have
verification of the dog's training such as the identification card issued by a particular school.
The dog may not occupy a seat on a public conveyance, and the common carrier cannot
levy an additional charge because of the dog's presence.