Service Dog Laws in Idaho
The purpose of this article is to summarize the service dog laws in Idaho. It is intended to be used for reference only and not as a legal document of any kind. The statutes quoted herein will sometimes be paraphrased for space and clarity issues.
The legal definition for a service dog in Idaho is “a dog that has been specially trained to aid a specifically disabled person with a physical disability, other than sight and hearing impairment”. Idaho has chosen to categorize sight and hearing dogs as separate entities. The term “guide dog” is used for blind and the visually impaired, while “hearing dog” refers to audio problems. All of the above canines are classified as assistance animals and are covered by all service dog laws in Idaho. It should also be noted, that while not required by law, service dog certification training is the best form of specialized instruction available to meet the education requirement.
ASSISTED LIVING LAWS
Section 56-701 of Idaho state law declares it to be the policy of the state that a disabled person shall be able to participate fully in the social and economic life of the state and to engage in remunerative employment. Section 56-703 lists the locations that must be made available to a disabled individual and their service dog which includes, but is not limited to: all common carriers (airplanes, motor vehicles, railroad trains, motor buses, street cars and boats), as well as hotels, lodging places, places of public accommodation, amusement and resort and all other places the general public is invited. Once again, service dog certification is strongly encouraged as to best utilize an assistance dog in these public venues.
ILLEGAL INTERVENTION LAWS
Under Title 18, Crimes and Punishments, Chapter 58, Public Health and Safety, the service dog laws of Idaho find it illegal to intentionally fail to stop, change course, or speak to avoid contact with a disabled individual and their service dog. Additionally, any intentional interference, intimidation, obstruction or battery to a disabled person and/or their service dog will result in a misdemeanor punishable by not more than six months in a county jail, fines not less than $50 nor more than $1500, or both. Conversely, section 18 5811A, states that the fraudulent representation of a canine as a service dog is also a crime and may be charged as a misdemeanor as well.
Service dog certification may serve as proof that, in fact, your animal is a legitimate helper.