Service Dog Laws in New York
Following are some of the service dog laws in New York. These are state laws that apply to all jurisdictions within the states boundary including New York City (Manhattan). While it is not mandatory in the state to carry a certificate or credentials when utilizing a service dog, it is still highly recommended that you look into service dog certification.
ASSISTED LIVING LAWS
Housing and employment opportunities are covered in the general provisions of New York state law concerning disabled people. Basically, any person making a decision on the disabled individuals preferred place of residence or place of employment, cannot deny the disabled person a home or job solely due to the need to be accompanied by a service dog. The same holds true for them being allowed in a public accommodation of any kind. The service dog handler is, however, responsible for any actual damages caused by the animal whether it be in a place of residence, employment or a public venue. This is where obedience instruction as part of service dog certification would be beneficial. New York law states that all contract and common carriers of passengers by motor vehicles, must allow a disabled individual to be accompanied by a properly harnessed service dog with no additional charge being required.
ILLEGAL INTERVENTION LAWS
Any person or legal entity, public or private who violates the rights of a disabled individual and/or their service dog shall be guilty of a violation. Violations of two or more within two years will result in a fine of $1,000.00.
PERMITS AND ACCREDITATION
Service dog laws in New York do not require the owners of service dogs to pay the same fee that is charged to pets not performing an assistance function. A license is required as it is for all pets residing in the state, but there is no charge for said license and it should be conspicuously marked “ Service Dog “ by the appropriate clerk or dog control officer.
In the state of New York, anyone receiving supplemental social security or any other type of additional state payment may also be eligible for not less than an extra $35.00 per month to be used to purchase food for their service dog. For more detailed information regarding the service dog laws in New York and service dog certification, a 51 page publication is available from the NY State Attorney Generals office entitled “ Freedom on Four Legs “.