Arkansas State Service Dog Laws

The portion of Arkansas Law which pertains to service dogs is AR CODE § 20-14. Please expand the sections below to read the full text.

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Summary – A dog trainer in the act of training a service dog is allowed public access.

Detailed -Public Health and Welfare § 20-14-308(a) An individual with visual, hearing, or other physical disabilities and his or her guide, signal, or service dog or a dog trainer in the act of training a guide, signal, or service dog shall not be denied admittance to or refused access to the following because of the dog:

(1) Any street or highway;

(2) Any sidewalk or walkway;

(3) Any common carrier, airplane, motor vehicle, railroad train, bus, streetcar, boat, or any other public conveyance or mode of transportation;

(4) Any hotel, motel, or other place of lodging;

(5) Any public building maintained by any unit or subdivision of government;

(6) Any building to which the general public is invited;

(7) Any educational facility or college dormitory;

(8) Any restaurant or other place where food is offered for sale to the public;  or

(9) Any other place of public accommodation, amusement, convenience, or resort to which the general public or any classification of persons from the general public is regularly, normally, or customarily invited within the State of Arkansas.

(b) The individual with visual, hearing, or other physical disabilities, or dog trainer in the act of training a guide, signal, or service dog shall not be required to pay any additional charges for his or her guide, signal, or service dog but shall be liable for any damage done to the premises by the dog.

Any person, firm, or corporation, or the agent of any person, firm, or corporation, who denies or interferes with the admittance to or enjoyment of public facilities and housing accommodations by an individual with visual, hearing, or other physical disabilities or otherwise interferes with the rights of an individual with visual, hearing, or other physical disabilities shall be guilty of a misdemeanor.
(a) Every individual with visual, hearing, or other physical disabilities shall have the right to be accompanied by a service animal especially trained to do work or to perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability in or upon any and all public ways, public places, and other public accommodations and housing accommodations prescribed in § 20-14-303 and shall not be required to pay any extra fee or charge for the service animal.

(b) However, any individual with visual, hearing, or other physical disabilities accompanied by a service animal in any public way, public place, public accommodation, or housing accommodation shall be liable for any damage caused to the premises or facilities by the animal.

(c) As used in this section, “search and rescue dog” means any dog:

(1) In training for or trained for the purpose of search and rescue;

(2) Owned by an independent handler or a member of a search and rescue team;  and

(3) Used in conjunction with local law enforcement or emergency services organizations for the purpose of locating missing persons or evidence of arson.

(d) Any person who without just cause purposely kills or injures any service animal described in this section or any search and rescue dog is guilty of a Class D felony.

(e) Any person who kills or injures any service animal described in this section or any search and rescue dog shall make restitution to the owner of the animal.

(a) Individuals with visual, hearing, or other physical disabilities shall be entitled to full and equal access, as other members of the general public, to all housing accommodations offered for rental, lease, or compensation in this state subject only to the conditions and limitations established by law and applicable alike to other persons.

(b) The provisions of this section with respect to the rights of individuals with visual, hearing, or other physical disabilities to equal access to housing accommodations shall not be deemed to include any accommodations in a facility which is designed and used primarily as a single family residence and a portion of which is rented, leased, or furnished for compensation.

(c) Nothing in this section shall be deemed to require any person renting, leasing, or otherwise providing housing accommodations for compensation to modify his or her accommodations in any way or to provide a higher degree of care for an individual with visual, hearing, or other physical disabilities than for an individual without visual, hearing, or other physical disabilities.

The driver of a vehicle approaching a visually handicapped or hearing impaired person who is carrying a cane which is predominately white or metallic in color with or without a red tip or using a guide or hearing ear dog or the driver of a vehicle approaching an otherwise handicapped person shall take all reasonable precautions to avoid injury to the pedestrian with visual, hearing, or other physical disabilities.
(a) An individual with visual, hearing, or other physical disabilities and his or her guide, signal, or service dog or a dog trainer in the act of training a guide, signal, or service dog shall not be denied admittance to or refused access to the following because of the dog:

(1) Any street or highway;

(2) Any sidewalk or walkway;

(3) Any common carrier, airplane, motor vehicle, railroad train, bus, streetcar, boat, or any other public conveyance or mode of transportation;

(4) Any hotel, motel, or other place of lodging;

(5) Any public building maintained by any unit or subdivision of government;

(6) Any building to which the general public is invited;

(7) Any educational facility or college dormitory;

(8) Any restaurant or other place where food is offered for sale to the public;  or

(9) Any other place of public accommodation, amusement, convenience, or resort to which the general public or any classification of persons from the general public is regularly, normally, or customarily invited within the State of Arkansas.

(b) The individual with visual, hearing, or other physical disabilities, or dog trainer in the act of training a guide, signal, or service dog shall not be required to pay any additional charges for his or her guide, signal, or service dog but shall be liable for any damage done to the premises by the dog.