Alabama Service Dog Laws
Applies to Guide and Hearing Dogs
Accessibility “. . . same right as the able-bodied to full use of the streets, highways, sidewalks,walkways, public buildings, public facilities and other public places . . . full and equal accommodations, advantages, facilities and privileges of all common carriers, airplanes, motor vehicles, railroad trains, motor buses, streetcars, boats or any other public conveyances or modes of transportation, 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 and applicable alike to all persons.”
Interference guilty of misdemeanor
Housing entitled to “full and equal access, as are other members of the general public;”. . . “shall not be required to pay extra compensation for such guide dog, but shall be liable for any damage done to the premises by such guide dog.”
Trainers “. . . every person employed by an accredited school for training guide dogs shall have the right to be accompanied by a guide dog in training in any of the places listed in Section 21-7-3 without being required to pay an extra charge for the dog;” liable for damages done by the dog.
White Cane precautionary statute; White Cane Safety Day is October 15.
Penalties guilty of misdemeanor; “shall be fined an amount not to exceed fifty dollars ($50)” for refusal to permit dog guide to accompany blind person.
Quarantine Guide Dogs are exempt from quarantine under certain conditions.
Summary Alabama law requires that a specially trained dog be allowed to accompany a blind or deaf person to all public accommodations and on all common carriers. Extra charges cannot be made due to the presence of the dog, but if the dog causes damage to the premises, the dog user is liable.
Accessibility 21-7-3; 21-7-4(2001)
Interference 21-7-5(1975); 3-1-7(1967)
White Cane 21-7-6(1975); 21-7-7(1975)
Penalties 21-7-5(1975); 3-1-7(1967)
Code of Alabama, Title 21, Chapter 7, Section 21-7-3.
Code of Alabama, Title 21, Chapter 7, Section 21-7-9(a).
Code of Alabama, Title 21, Chapter 7, Section 21-7-9(d).
Code of Alabama, Title 21, Chapter 7, Section 21-7-4.
Code of Alabama, Title 3, Chapter 1, Section 3-1-7.