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Connecticut Service Dog Laws

Applies to Guide, Hearing, and Service Dogs
Accessibility “. . . may travel on a train 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 accommodation, accompanied by his guide dog or assistance dog, and he may keep such dog with him at all times . . .”
Interference Class C misdemeanor
Housing all except rooms in owner-occupied single family home
Licenses/Fees issued by town clerk on written proof of special training; no fee required
Identification must wear a “harness or an orange-colored leash and collar which makes it readily-identifiable as a guide dog” that is licensed
Trainers must be “employed by and authorized to engage in designated training activities by a guide dog organization or assistance dog . . . and who carries photographic identification indicating such employment and authorization;” allowed in same places as disabled.
White Cane White Cane Safety Day is October 15; statute of precaution
Injury to Dog liable for damage “done to such guide dog, and such liability shall include liability for any costs incurred . . . for the veterinary care, rehabilitation or replacement of the injured guide dog and for reasonable attorney’s fees.”
Penalties Class C misdemeanor
Summary Connecticut law requires that a specially trained dog be allowed to accompany a blind deaf, mentally or physically disabled person in housing, in public accommodations, and on all common carriers. The dog must be identified by wearing an orange-colored harness or leash. 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 46a-814B-46a-44(1997); 46a-814C-46a-64(l997)
Interference 46a-814B-46a-44(c)(l997)
Housing 46a-814B-46a-44(b)(l997)
Licenses/Fees 22-435-22-345(1993)
Identification 22-435-22-364b(1996)
Misrepresentation 53-953-53-211(a)
Trainers 46a-814B-46a-44(1997); 46a-814C-46a-64(1997)
White Cane 53-943-53-211(1965); 46a-814B-46a-41(1991)
Injury to Dog 22-435-22-364b(1998)
Penalties 46a-814C-46a-64(1997)
General Statutes of Connecticut, Title 46a, Chapter 814B, Section 46a-44.
General Statutes of Connecticut, Title 22, Chapter 435, Section 22-364b.
General Statutes of Connecticut, Title 53, Chapter 943, Section 53-211.
General Statutes of Connecticut, Title 46a, Chapter 814B, Section 46a-44(d).
General Statutes of Connecticut, Title 22, Chapter 435, Section 22-364b.