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Arkansas State Code

Arkansas State Legislature

Applies To
Guide, hearing, physical disabilities (20-14-304)

Trainers
trainer or owner trainer (20-14-306(a))

Penalties
killing of a service dog is a Class D felony (20-14-304(d))

Other
 


15-42-303. Attempted theft or theft of licensed dogs.

(a) It shall be deemed prima facie evidence that an attempt is being made to steal a dog if any person:

(1) Retains in his possession or permits to remain on his premises for a period of ten (10) or more days any dog which has been duly licensed under the regulations of the Arkansas State Game and Fish Commission and which license is in effect at the time of the theft or attempt of theft; and

(2) Fails to post or to advertise such dog by posting notices in five (5) public places or by advertising the dog for one (1) publication in a newspaper having a bona fide circulation of five hundred (500) or more subscribers in this state.

(b) Any person who conceals or attempts to conceal a dog from the owner of such dog as herein prescribed at any hunting camp or elsewhere shall be guilty of an attempt to steal such dog.

(c) On recovery of a licensed dog by its owner, the owner shall pay to the party responsible for recovery all costs of posting or advertising the dog. This fee shall not exceed twenty-five cents (25›) per day for care and feeding of the dog, recovered under provisions of this section.

(d) Any person found guilty of stealing or attempting to steal any licensed dog commits a felony theft and shall be punished as prescribed by law.


20-14-304. Right to be accompanied by service animal - Penalty and restitution for killing or injuring a service animal or search and rescue dog.

(a) Every visually handicapped, hearing impaired, or other physically disabled person shall have the right to be accompanied by a service animal especially trained to do work or to perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability in or upon any and all public ways, public places, and other public accommodations and housing accommodations prescribed in § 20-14-303 and shall not be required to pay any extra fee or charge for the service animal.

(b) However, any visually handicapped, hearing impaired, or other physically disabled person accompanied by a service animal in any public way, public place, public accommodation, or housing accommodation shall be liable for any damage caused to the premises or facilities by the animal.

(c) For purposes of this section, "search and rescue dog" means any dog:

(1) In training for or trained for the purpose of search and rescue;

(2) Owned by an independent handler or a member of a search and rescue team; and

(3) Used in conjunction with local law enforcement or emergency services organizations, for the purpose of locating missing persons or evidence of arson.

(d) Any person who, without just cause, purposely kills or injures any service animal described in this section or any search and rescue dog is guilty of a Class D felony.

(e) Any person who kills or injures any service animal described in this section or any search and rescue dog shall make restitution to the owner of the animal.


20-14-306. Reasonable precautions by drivers.

The driver of a vehicle approaching a visually handicapped or hearing impaired person who is carrying a cane which is predominately white or metallic in color with or without a red tip or using a guide or hearing ear dog, or the driver of a vehicle approaching an otherwise handicapped person, shall take all reasonable precautions to avoid injury to the visually handicapped, hearing impaired, or other physically handicapped pedestrian.


20-14-308. Guide dog and service dog access.

(a) A blind, physically handicapped, deaf or hard-of-hearing person and his or her guide, signal, or service dog or a dog trainer in the act of training a guide, signal, or service dog shall not be denied admittance to or refused access to the following because of the dog:

(1) Any street or highway;

(2) Any sidewalk or walkway;

(3) Any common carrier, airplane, motor vehicle, railroad train, bus, streetcar, boat, or any other public conveyance or mode of transportation;

(4) Any hotel, motel, or other place of lodging;

(5) Any public building maintained by any unit or subdivision of government;

(6) Any building to which the general public is invited;

(7) Any educational facility or college dormitory;

(8) Any restaurant or other place where food is offered for sale to the public; or

(9) Any other place of public accommodation, amusement, convenience, or resort to which the general public or any classification of persons from the general public is regularly, normally, or customarily invited within the State of Arkansas.

(b) The blind, physically handicapped, deaf or hard-of-hearing person, or dog trainer in the act of training a guide, signal, or service dog shall not be required to pay any additional charges for his or her guide, signal, or service dog but shall be liable for any damage done to the premises by the dog.


Last updated: 08JAN2008