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Applies To
service dogs for all disabilities (35-13-201)

Trainers
SDITs are considered the same as SDs (35-13-205)

Penalties
Interference (35-13-203)

Other


ARTICLE 6 - PEDESTRIANS' RIGHTS AND DUTIES

31-5-611. Blind pedestrian right-of-way.

The driver of a vehicle shall yield the right-of-way to any blind pedestrian carrying a clearly visible white cane or accompanied by a guide dog.


ARTICLE 2 - PROTECTION AND RIGHTS OF BLIND AND DISABLED PERSONS

35-13-201. Generally; use of service dogs.

(a) Any blind, visually impaired, deaf, hearing impaired person or other person with a disability, subject to the conditions and limitations established by law and applicable alike to all persons:

(i) Has the same right as an able-bodied person to the full and free use of the streets, highways, sidewalks, walkways, public buildings, public facilities and other public places;

(ii) Shall be afforded full and equal accommodations, advantages, facilities and privileges of all hotels, motels, lodging places, restaurants, public elevators, places of public accommodation, amusement or resort and other places to which the general public is invited; and

(iii) Shall not be discriminated against in the leasing or rental of apartments and other private residential property because of his disability.

(b) Any blind, visually impaired, deaf, hearing impaired person or other person with a disability may be accompanied by a service dog in any of the places listed in subsection (a) of this section without paying an extra charge for the service dog, shall not be discriminated against in the leasing or rental of residential property because the person has a service dog and is liable for any damage done to the premises or facilities by the dog.

35-13-202. Drivers to take precautions; liability.

The driver of a vehicle approaching a blind, partially blind, deaf or hearing impaired pedestrian carrying a cane predominantly white or chrome metallic in color or using a guide dog shall take all necessary precautions to avoid injury to the pedestrian. Any driver failing to take these precautions is liable in damages for any injury caused the pedestrian.

35-13-203. Interfering with rights; penalty.

Any person denying or interfering with admittance to or enjoyment of the public facilities enumerated in W.S. 35-13-201 or otherwise interfering with the rights of the blind, partially blind, deaf, hearing impaired person or other person with a disability is guilty of a misdemeanor and may be fined not more than seven hundred fifty dollars ($750.00).

35-13-204. Additional provisions on use of service dogs; penalty.

(a) Any blind, partially blind, deaf, hearing impaired person or other person with a disability who is a passenger on any common carrier, airplane, motor vehicle, railroad train, motor bus, boat or any other public conveyance operating within the state may have with him a service dog.

(b) Any person violating this section is subject to a fine not to exceed seven hundred fifty dollars ($750.00).

35-13-205. Definitions.

(a) As used in this article:

(i) "Service dog" means a dog which has been or is being specially trained to the requirements of a person with a disability;

(ii) "Person with a disability" means an individual who has a mental or physical impairment which substantially limits one (1) or more major life activities;

(iii) "Major life activities" means functions associated with the normal activities of independent daily living such as caring for one's self, performing manual tasks, walking, seeing, hearing or speaking.

35-13-206. Injuring or killing a service dog prohibited; penalties.

(a) Any person who knowingly, willfully and without lawful cause or justification inflicts, or permits or directs any animal under his control or ownership to inflict, serious bodily harm, permanent disability or death upon any service dog as defined in W.S. 35-13-205(a)(i) is guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment for not more than six (6) months, a fine of not more than seven hundred fifty dollars ($750.00), or both.

(b) A court shall order a defendant convicted of an offense under subsection (a) of this section to make restitution to the owner of the service dog for:

(i) Related veterinary or medical bills;

(ii) The cost of replacing the service dog or retraining an injured service dog by an organization generally recognized by agencies involved in the rehabilitation of persons with disabilities as reputable and competent to provide special equipment for or special training to an animal to help a person with a disability; and

(iii) Any other expense reasonably incurred as a result of the offense.


last updated: 14JAN2008