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Massachusetts Laws

Federal Laws

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Massachusetts Laws

MGL c.90, s.14A Protection of blind pedestrians crossing or attempting to cross ways
MGL c.129, s.39C Hearing Dog Business Licensing
MGL c.129, s.39D Hearing Dog Trainer Rights
MGL c.129, s.39F Service Dog Trainer Rights
MGL c.272, s.85B Assistance Animals Stolen or Attacked
MGL c.272, s.98A Physically handicapped persons with dog guides; public places or conveyances

Federal Laws

40 USC 3103 Admission of guide dogs or other service animals accompanying individuals with disabilities
42 USC 12101 et seq. Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

Federal Regulations

28 CFR 35.104 Service Animal, Defined. Definition is limited to dogs.
28 CFR 35.136 Service Animals. Rules re: service animals. 28 CFR 35.136 (i) provides guidance on the use of miniature horses in state and local gov't services.
28 CFR 36.104 Service Animal, Defined. Definition is limited to dogs.
28 CFR 36.302 Modifications provides guidance on the use of miniature horses in public accommodations

Web Sources

  • Service Animals Fact Sheet , US Dept. of Justice
    "This publication provides guidance on the term “service animal” and the service animal provisions in the Department’s new regulations."
  • Fair Housing Rights of Individuals With Disabilities, Mass. Attorney General
    Under "Reasonable Accommodation," page says in part: " M.G.L. c.151B may require that an owner modify his/her "no pets" policy as a reasonable accommodation for a person with a disability who requires the use of a service or emotional support animal because of the person's disability."
  • Federal Service Dog Law in Plain English , Anything Pawsable: an online magazine for service and working dog owners.
    A comprehensive guide to the law on service animals, explained in simple language.
  • Frequently Asked Questions about Service Animals and the ADA , US Dept. of Justice, 2015.
    "The Department of Justice continues to receive many questions about how the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) applies to service animals....This publication provides guidance on the ADA's service animal provisions."
  • Information About Service Animals, Mass. Attorney General
    Common questions and answers about service animals in businesses, taxis and more

Print Sources

Legal Rights of Individuals with Disabilities , 2d ed. MCLE, 2015.


Last update: December 28, 2015

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