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Nixon, U.S. Dept. of Justice issue advisory on service animals and compliance with disabilities law

Missouri Commission on Human Rights
P.O. Box 1129
3315 West Truman Boulevard
Jefferson City, MO 65102-1129
Tel: (573) 751-3325
Fax: (573) 751-2905
TDD: (573) 526-5091
Governor's Council on Disability booklet on service animals

State Code

State Constitution

State Legislature

Applies To
part only to guide/hearing/physical (209.150); part to all SDs (209.200)

Trainers
program trainers only (209.152)

Penalties
discrimination is a class B misdemeanor (209.160)

Other
injury to SD (209.202)


RSMo 8.740 Health and sanitation regulations, exception, guide dogs permitted.

The blind vendor of each vending facility is subject to the provisions of any ordinance or order of the city or county in which the facility is located relating to sanitation or health standards for such facility; except that, blind persons who are authorized to operate vending facilities under the provisions of sections 8.700 to 8.745 may keep their guide dogs with them on the property while operating the vending facilities.



209.150. Rights of persons with visual, hearing or physical disabilities --guide, hearing or service dogs, no extra charge for--liability for actual damages.

1. Every person with a visual, aural or physical disability shall have the same rights afforded to a person with no such disability to the full and free use of the streets, highways, sidewalks, walkways, public buildings, public facilities, and other public places.

2. Every person with a visual, aural or physical disability is entitled to full and equal accommodations, advantages, facilities, and privileges of all common carriers, airplanes, motor vehicles, railroad trains, motor buses, taxis, 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.

3. Every person with a visual, aural or physical disability shall have the right to be accompanied by a guide dog, hearing dog, or service dog, which is especially trained for the purpose, in any of the places listed in subsection 2 of this section without being required to pay an extra charge for the guide dog, hearing dog or service dog; provided that such person shall be liable for any damage done to the premises or facilities by such dog.

4. As used in sections 209.150 to 209.190, the term "service dog" means any dog specifically trained to assist a person with a physical disability by performing necessary physical tasks which the person cannot perform. Such tasks shall include, but not be limited to, pulling a wheelchair, retrieving items, and carrying supplies.



209.152. Trainers of guide, hearing or service dogs, no extra charge for --liability for damages.

Any trainer, from a recognized training center, of a guide dog, hearing assistance dog or service dog shall have the right to be accompanied by such dog in or upon any of the premises listed in section 209.150 while engaged in the training of the dog without being required to pay an extra charge for such dog. Such trainer shall be liable for any damage done to the premise of facilities by such dog.



209.160. Discrimination or interference with persons having visual, hearing or physical disabilities, a misdemeanor.

Any person or persons, firm or corporation, or the agent of any person or persons, firm or corporation who denies or interferes with admittance to or enjoyment of the public facilities enumerated in section 209.150 or otherwise interferes with the rights of a totally or partially blind or deaf person, or a physically disabled person under section 209.150 shall be guilty of a class B misdemeanor.


209.162. Discrimination or interference with persons having visual, hearing or physical disability, an unlawful employment practice--complaints, filed by aggrieved persons.

It is an unlawful employment practice for any employer to discriminate against any person with a visual, aural or physical disability by interfering, directly or indirectly, with the use of an aid or appliance, including a guide dog, hearing dog or service dog by such person. Any person aggrieved by a violation of this section may make a verified complaint to the Missouri commission on human rights pursuant to the provisions of section 213.075, RSMo.


209.190. Housing accommodations, defined--discrimination against persons with visual, hearing or physical disabilities, prohibited--dogs, guide, hearing or service to have full access--liability for actual damages.

1. Blind or visually handicapped persons, deaf or partially deaf persons, or physically disabled persons shall be entitled to full and equal access, as other members of the general public, to all housing accommodations offered for rent, lease, or compensation in this state, subject to the conditions and limitations established by law and applicable alike to all persons.

2. "Housing accommodations";, as used in this section 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 accommodations, included within subsection 1 of this section, or any single family residence the occupants of which rent, lease, or furnish for compensation not more than one room therein.

3. Nothing in this section shall require any person renting, leasing, or providing for compensation real property to modify his property in any way or provide a higher degree of care for a blind or visually handicapped person, deaf or partially deaf person, or physically disabled person than for a person who is not blind or visually handicapped, deaf or partially deaf, or physically disabled.

4. Every totally or partially blind person who has or obtains a guide dog, every deaf or partially deaf person who has or obtains a hearing dog, and every physically disabled person who has or obtains a service dog shall be entitled to full and equal access to all housing accommodations provided for in this section, and he shall not be required to pay extra compensation for such dog but shall be liable for any damage done to the premises by such a dog.



209.200. Definitions.

As used in sections 209.200 to 209.204, the following terms shall mean:

(1) "Disability", as defined in section 213.010, RSMo;

(2) "Service dog", a dog that is being or has been specially trained to do work or perform tasks which benefit a particular person with a disability. Service dog includes:

(a) "Guide dog", a dog that is being or has been specially trained to assist a particular blind or visually impaired person;

(b) "Hearing dog", a dog that is being or has been specially trained to assist a particular deaf or hearing-impaired person;

(c) "Medical alert or respond dog", a dog that is being or has been trained to alert a person with a disability that a particular medical event is about to occur or to respond to a medical event that has occurred;

(d) "Mobility dog", a dog that is being or has been specially trained to assist a person with a disability caused by physical impairments.



209.202. Crime of causing substantial injury to or the death of a service dog, penalty--failure to control an animal that causes substantial injury to or the death of a service dog, penalty--harassment of a service dog, penalty--damages.

1. Any person who knowingly, intentionally, or recklessly causes substantial physical injury to or the death of a service dog is guilty of a class A misdemeanor. The provisions of this subsection shall not apply to the destruction of a service dog for humane purposes.

2. Any person who knowingly or intentionally fails to exercise sufficient control over an animal such person owns, keeps, harbors, or exercises control over to prevent the animal from causing the substantial physical injury to or death of a service dog, or the subsequent inability to function as a service dog as a result of the animal's attacking, chasing, or harassing the service dog is guilty of a class A misdemeanor.

3. Any person who harasses or chases a dog known to such person to be a service dog is guilty of a class B misdemeanor.

4. Any person who owns, keeps, harbors, or exercises control over an animal and who knowingly or intentionally fails to exercise sufficient control over the animal to prevent such animal from chasing or harassing a service dog while such dog is carrying out the dog's function as a service dog, to the extent that the animal temporarily interferes with the service dog's ability to carry out the dog's function is guilty of a class B misdemeanor.

5. An owner of a service dog or a person with a disability who uses a service dog may file a cause of action to recover civil damages against any person who:

(1) Violates the provisions of subsection 1 or 2 of this section; or

(2) Steals a service dog resulting in the loss of the services of the service dog.

6. Any civil damages awarded under subsection 5 of this section shall be based on the following:

(1) The replacement value of an equally trained service dog, without any differentiation for the age or experience of the service dog;

(2) The cost and expenses incurred by the owner of a service dog or the person with a disability who used the service dog, including:

(a) The cost of temporary replacement services, whether provided by another service dog or by a person;

(b) The reasonable costs incurred in efforts to recover a stolen service dog; and

(c) Court costs and attorney's fees incurred in bringing a civil action under subsection 5 of this section.

7. An owner of a service dog or a person with a disability who uses a service dog may file a cause of action to recover civil damages against a person who:

(1) Violates the provisions of subsections 1 to 4 of this section resulting in injury from which the service dog recovers to an extent that the dog is able to function as a service dog for the person with a disability; or

(2) Steals a service dog and the service dog is recovered resulting in the service dog being able to function as a service dog for the person with a disability.

8. Any civil damages awarded under subsection 7 of this section shall be based on the following:

(1) Veterinary medical expenses;

(2) Retraining expenses;

(3) The cost of temporary replacement services, whether provided by another service dog or by a person;

(4) Reasonable costs incurred in the recovery of the service dog; and

(5) Court costs and attorney's fees incurred in bringing the civil action under subsection 7 of this section.

9. The provisions of this section shall not apply if a person with a disability, an owner, or a person having custody or supervision of a service dog commits criminal or civil trespass.

10. Nothing in this section shall be construed to preclude any other remedies available at law.


209.204. Crime of impersonating a person with a disability for the purpose of receiving certain accommodations, penalty, civil liability.

Any person who knowingly impersonates a person with a disability for the purpose of receiving the accommodations regarding service dogs under the Americans with Disabilities Act, 42 U.S.C. Section 12101, et seq., is guilty of a class C misdemeanor and shall also be civilly liable for the amount of any actual damages resulting from such impersonation. Any second or subsequent violation of this section is a class B misdemeanor. For purposes of this section, "impersonates a person with a disability" means a representation by word or action as a person with a disability or a representation of a dog by word or action as a service dog.


Chapter 213 Human Rights

The SD statutes in MO have not been tested. SD cases are typically tried under chapter 213.

Missouri Commission on Human Rights
"The Missouri Commission on Human Rights (MCHR) is the state agency charged with enforcing Chapter 213, RSMo, which is titled the Missouri Human Rights Act." Unfortunately, the commission itself has in the past discriminated against at least one person with a service animal in favor of those with allergies. Hmmm. But this is where one must file a complaint.
http://www.dolir.state.mo.us/hr/


RSMo 304-080 Rights of persons with visual, hearing or physical disabilities --guide, hearing or service dogs, no extra charge

The driver of a vehicle approaching a person with a visual, aural or physical disability who is carrying a cane predominantly white or metallic in color, with or without a red tip, or using a guide dog, hearing dog or service dog shall yield to such pedestrian, and any driver who fails to take such precautions shall be liable in damages for any injury caused such pedestrian and any injury caused to the pedestrian's guide dog, hearing dog or service dog; provided that such a pedestrian not carrying such cane or using a guide dog, hearing dog or service dog in any of the places, accommodations or conveyances listed in section 209.150, RSMo, shall have all of the rights and privileges conferred by law upon other persons.


RSMo 304.110 Violation of sections 304.080 to 304.110, penalty.

"Any person who violates any provision of sections 304.080 to 304.110, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and upon conviction thereof be fined not exceeding twenty-five dollars and costs of prosecution, and in default of payment thereof, shall undergo imprisonment not exceeding ten days."


Last updated: 16JAN2008