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Statute Regarding Accessibility: Title 46, Chapter 23, Section 1953 (1993), Title 21,
Chapter 2, Sections 51 (1993) and 52 (1993)
Shall have the same right as an able-bodied person to the full and free use of the streets,
highways, sidewalks, walkways, public buildings, public facilities, and other public places.
Full and equal accommodations, advantages, facilities, and privileges in the following,
subject only to the conditions and limitations established by law and applicable alike to all
persons: (1) Common carriers, including taxis; airplanes, motor vehicles railroad trains,
motor buses, streetcars, boats, or any other public conveyances or modes of transportation
operated on land or water, in the air or any stations and terminals thereof. (2) Educational
institutions, including but not limited to kindergartens, primary and secondary schools, trade
or business schools, high schools, academies, colleges, and universities. (3) Hotels, lodging
places, restaurants, theatres, places of public accommodation, amusement or resort. (4)
Other places to which the general public is invited.
Statute Regarding Interference: 46:1956 (1993)
Interference Includes: (A) Any person, firm or corporation; or the agent, representative, or
employee of any person, firm or corporation who: withholds, denies, deprives, or attempts
to withhold, deny, or deprive; intimidates, threatens, coerces, or attempts to threaten,
intimidate, or coerce; punishes or attempts to punish a physically disabled person or a
trainer or puppy raiser of an assistance dog, during the training of such dog, or for exercising
his right to be admitted to or enjoy the places and facilities provided in this Chapter; or
otherwise interferes with the rights of a physically disabled person under this Chapter
Statute Regarding Housing: Defined 46:1952 (1993), Access 46:1954 (1993)
Housing Includes: "Housing accommodations" means any real property, or portion thereof,
which is used or occupied or is intended, arranged, or designed to be used or occupied as
the home, residence, or sleeping place of one or more human beings, but shall not include
any single family residence the occupants of which rent, lease, or furnish for compensation
not more than one room therein.
Statute Regarding Owner Licenses and Fees: 46:1958 (1993)
Licenses Or Fee Requirements: Assistance dogs shall be exempt from any state or local
Trainers Allowed With Dogs: Same as disabled. Shall be liable for any damages done to
any person, premises, or facility by the assistance dog.
White Cane Law Statute: 46:1957 (1993)
Killing or Injury to Dog: 46:1956 (1993) Any person who purposely or negligently injures
an assistance dog or any owner of a dog who allows that dog to injure an assistance dog
because he fails to control or leash the dog shall also be guilty of a misdemeanor and fined
not less than one hundred dollars nor more than five hundred dollars or imprisoned for not
more than six months, or both. Such person shall also be liable for any injuries to the
assistance dog, and if necessary, the replacement and compensation for the loss of the
assistance dog. For every offense, such person shall pay for actual damages for any
economic loss to any person aggrieved thereby, to be recovered in any court of competent
jurisdiction in the parish where such offense was committed or where the aggrieved person
resides. In an action brought under this section, the court may award costs and reasonable
attorney's fee to the prevailing party.
Penalties for Interference: Shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and fined not less than one
hundred dollars nor more than five hundred dollars or imprisoned for not more than six
months, or both.
Summary of Law:
Louisiana law guarantees a blind, deaf, or physically disabled person has the legal right to be
accompanied by an assistance dog in housing, all public accommodations, and on all
common carriers. 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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