Service Dog Laws in Missouri

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In the following paragraphs, I shall summarize the service dog laws in Missouri. These summarizations will be, for the most part, excerpts from the states actual laws relating to service dogs. They may be paraphrased and shortened for the purpose of space and clarity. Missouri, like many states, does require a canine to receive special training to meet the definition of a service dog. The “Show Me” state lives up to its billing in this regard and service dog certification should be considered as the best possible method to fulfill this requirement.

ASSISTED LIVING LAWS

Section 209.150, subsection 3, of the service dog laws in Missouri, basically states that any person with a visual, aura or a physical disability must be allowed entry to all public places while accompanied by a service dog, the same as people without these debilities who are permitted into them. It does go on to say, that to be considered a service dog, the canine must have been specially trained to perform this function. Service dog certification training will provide proof of this obligation. Subsection 3 refers back to subsection 2 of this statute, where specific public venues are listed where the proprietors of these facilities are required, by law, to allow the presence of a service dog. These include, but are not limited to: airplanes, trains, motor vehicles (including taxis), buses, street cars and virtually all devices of public conveyance (transportation). It goes on to list hotels, motels, and all public accommodations of resort and amusement. This of course will include restaurants, whether fast food or gourmet.

ILLEGAL INTERVENTION LAWS

Noncompliance by any person or persons, firm or corporation or agents of any public facility with the above cited section of the service dog laws in Missouri, may result in the charge of a class B misdemeanor. Any actual physical harm to the animal would be a class A misdemeanor. Service dogs must also be allowed to escort a disabled individual to their workplace and share housing with them, regardless of whether it is through the sale of a residence or the renting of a home or apartment. This property must be made available to a disabled person along with their service dog, even in communities where normally a “no pet” policy may exist. If denied employment or a place of residence due to their reliance on a service dog, the affected person should file a grievance with the Missouri Commission on Human Rights. Section 213.075 should be quoted as being violated.

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