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39-14-205. Intentional killing of animal.
In part, "In determining the value of a guide dog for purposes of § 39-14-105, the court shall consider the value of the guide dog as both the cost of the dog as well as the cost of any specialized training the guide dog received."
http://198.187.128.12/tennessee/lpext.dll/Infobase/19435/19da3/1a08b/1a0...

39-14-208. Actions deemed theft of guide dogs.
"A person who intentionally or knowingly unlawfully injures the guide dog of another and, thereby, permanently deprives the owner of the use of the guide dog's services commits theft of that animal and shall be punished under § 39-14-105. In determining the value of the guide dog for purposes of § 39-14-105, the court shall consider the value of the guide dog as both the cost of the dog as well as the cost of any specialized training the guide dog received."
http://198.187.128.12/tennessee/lpext.dll/Infobase/19435/19da3/1a08b/1a0...

39-14-212. Aggravated cruelty to animals - Definitions - Construction - Penalty.
In part, "If an unlawful act resulted in the death or permanent disability of a person's guide dog, then the value of the guide dog shall include, but shall not necessarily be limited to, both the cost of the guide dog as well as the cost of any specialized training the guide dog received."
http://198.187.128.12/tennessee/lpext.dll/Infobase/19435/19da3/1a08b/1a0...

44-17-403. Death of pet caused by negligent act of another - Damages.
In part, "If an unlawful act resulted in the death or permanent disability of a person's guide dog, then the value of the guide dog shall include, but shall not necessarily be limited to, both the cost of the guide dog as well as the cost of any specialized training the guide dog received."
http://198.187.128.12/tennessee/lpext.dll/Infobase/1fe42/20546/20649/206...

44-17-404. Recovery for death or injury to guide dogs.
"If a person's guide dog is killed or sustains injuries that result in death or permanent disability caused by the unlawful and intentional, or negligent, act of another or the animal of another, then the trier of fact may find the individual causing the death or the owner of the animal causing the death liable for economic damages which shall include, but shall not necessarily be limited to, both the cost of the guide dog as well as the cost of any specialized training the guide dog received."
http://198.187.128.12/tennessee/lpext.dll/Infobase/1fe42/20546/20649/206...

55-8-180. Pedestrians led by guide dog or carrying identifying cane given right of way - Penalty.
" Whenever any pedestrian guided by a guide dog or dog on a blaze orange leash, or carrying in any raised or extended position a cane or similar stick white in color or white tipped with red, shall undertake to cross any public street or thoroughfare in this state, the driver of each and every vehicle approaching such pedestrian carrying such cane or stick or conducted by such dog shall bring such vehicle to a complete stop and before proceeding shall take all precautions necessary to avoid injuring such pedestrian; provided, that nothing herein shall be construed as making any person totally or partially blind or otherwise incapacitated guilty of contributory negligence in undertaking to cross any street or thoroughfare without being guided by a trained dog or carrying a cane or stick of the type above mentioned....A violation of this section is a Class C misdemeanor."
http://198.187.128.12/tennessee/lpext.dll/Infobase/2e6b6/2f315/2f665?f=t...

55-8-180. Pedestrians led by guide dog or carrying identifying cane given right of way - Penalty.
"Whenever any pedestrian guided by a guide dog or dog on a blaze orange leash, or carrying in any raised or extended position a cane or similar stick white in color or white tipped with red, shall undertake to cross any public street or thoroughfare in this state, the driver of each and every vehicle approaching such pedestrian carrying such cane or stick or conducted by such dog shall bring such vehicle to a complete stop and before proceeding shall take all precautions necessary to avoid injuring such pedestrian; provided, that nothing herein shall be construed as making any person totally or partially blind or otherwise incapacitated guilty of contributory negligence in undertaking to cross any street or thoroughfare without being guided by a trained dog or carrying a cane or stick of the type above mentioned.... A violation of this section is a Class C misdemeanor."
http://198.187.128.12/tennessee/lpext.dll/Infobase/2e6b6/2f315/2f665?f=h...

62-7-112. Guide dogs to be admitted - Penalties.
Includes training and access for puppy raisers.
http://198.187.128.12/tennessee/lpext.dll/Infobase/36917/37422/37477?f=t...

66-7-104. Physically disabled persons' access to housing accommodations.
"Every totally blind or partially blind person who has a guide dog, or who obtains a guide dog, shall be entitled to full and equal access to all housing accommodations included within subsection (a) or any accommodations provided for in §§ 71-4-201, 71-4-202 and this section, and such person shall not be required to pay extra compensation for such guide dog, but shall be liable for any damages done to the premises by such animal."
http://198.187.128.12/tennessee/lpext.dll/Infobase/3c557/3c877/3c896?f=h...

66-7-106. Leasing to blind persons.
In part, "Any owner, manager, landlord or agent who refuses to lease living space to any legally blind person because of a guide dog, or violates a provision of this section, commits a Class C misdemeanor."
http://198.187.128.12/tennessee/lpext.dll/Infobase/3c557/3c877/3c8a3?f=t...

8-50-103. Employment of the handicapped - Discrimination prohibited - Penalty - Complaint.
"There shall be no discrimination in the hiring, firing and other terms and conditions of employment of the state of Tennessee or any department, agency, institution or political subdivision of the state, or of any private employer, against any applicant for employment based solely upon any physical, mental or visual handicap of the applicant, unless such handicap to some degree prevents the applicant from performing the duties required by the employment sought or impairs the performance of the work involved. Furthermore, no blind person shall be discriminated against in any such employment practices because such person uses a guide dog. A violation of this subsection (a) is a Class C misdemeanor."
http://198.187.128.12/tennessee/lpext.dll/Infobase/a0e7/c773/c7c8/c7cf?f...

AG's opinion on the admission of service animals to places of public accommodation
http://www.tennessee.gov/attorneygeneral/op/2001/op/op156.pdf

CHAPTER 1240-8-1 DOG GUIDE CERTIFICATION FOR THE HEARING IMPAIRED
RULES OF TENNESSEE DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES REHABILITATION SERVICES DIVISION
http://www.state.tn.us/sos/rules/1240/1240-08/1240-08-01.pdf

CHAPTER 8 OPERATION OF VEHICLES - RULES OF THE ROAD
http://198.187.128.12/tennessee/lpext.dll/Infobase/2e6b6/2f315?f=hitlist...

Housing Matters
Discusses modifying "no pets" rule as a reasonable accomodation for a service dog.
http://www.state.tn.us/thda/PresRel/spring02.pdf

STATE UNIVERSITY AND COMMUNITY COLLEGE SYSTEM OF TENNESSEE
Requires certification.
http://www.state.tn.us/sos/rules/0240/0240-03/0240-03-01.pdf

Tennessee Codes
Searchable through Lexis-Nexis. 8-50-103, 55-8-180, 62-7-112, and 66-7-104
http://198.187.128.12/tennessee/lpext.dll?f=templates&fn=fs-main.htm&2.0

Tennessee State Law Title 62 Chapter 7 Section 112, Title 66 Chapter 7 Section 104 and 106
you have to hunt for this one.They dont make it easy
http://198.187.128.12/tennessee/lpext.dll?f=templates&fn=fs-main.htm&2.0