Missouri State Service Dog Laws
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Summary – Trainers from recognized training centers, or disabled individuals have the right to be accompanied by a service dog in training in public places.
Detailed – Public Health and Welfare § 209.152 Not to exceed the provisions of the Americans With Disabilities Act, any trainer, from a recognized training center, of a guide dog, hearing assistance dog or service dog, or any member of a service dog team, as defined in section 209.200, shall have the right to be accompanied by such dog in or upon any of the premises listed in section 209.150 while engaged in the training of the dog without being required to pay an extra charge for such dog. Such trainer or service dog team member shall be liable for any damage done to the premise of facilities by such dog.
2. Every person with a visual, aural or other disability including diabetes, as defined in section 213.010, is entitled to full and equal accommodations, advantages, facilities, and privileges of all common carriers, airplanes, motor vehicles, railroad trains, motor buses, taxis, streetcars, boats or any other public conveyances or modes of transportation, hotels, lodging places, places of public accommodation, amusement or resort, and other places to which the general public is invited, subject only to the conditions and limitations established by law and applicable alike to all persons.
3. Every person with a visual, aural or other disability including diabetes, as defined in section 213.010, shall have the right to be accompanied by a guide dog, hearing dog, or service dog, which is especially trained for the purpose, in any of the places listed in subsection 2 of this section without being required to pay an extra charge for the guide dog, hearing dog or service dog; provided that such person shall be liable for any damage done to the premises or facilities by such dog.
4. As used in sections 209.150 to 209.190, the term “service dog” means any dog specifically trained to assist a person with a physical or mental disability by performing necessary tasks or doing work which the person cannot perform. Such tasks shall include, but not be limited to, pulling a wheelchair, retrieving items, carrying supplies, and search and rescue of an individual with a disability.
2. “Housing accommodations” , as used in this section means any real property, or portion thereof, which is used or occupied or is intended, arranged, or designed to be used or occupied, as the home, residence or sleeping place of one or more human beings, but shall not include any accommodations, included within subsection 1 of this section, or any single family residence the occupants of which rent, lease, or furnish for compensation not more than one room therein.
3. Nothing in this section shall require any person renting, leasing, or providing for compensation real property to modify his property in any way or provide a higher degree of care for a blind or visually handicapped person, deaf or partially deaf person, or physically disabled person than for a person who is not blind or visually handicapped, deaf or partially deaf, or physically disabled.
4. Every totally or partially blind person who has or obtains a guide dog, every deaf or partially deaf person who has or obtains a hearing dog, and every physically disabled person who has or obtains a service dog shall be entitled to full and equal access to all housing accommodations provided for in this section, and he shall not be required to pay extra compensation for such dog but shall be liable for any damage done to the premises by such a dog.
(1) “Disability” , as defined in section 213.010 including diabetes;
(2) “Service dog” , a dog that is being or has been specially trained to do work or perform tasks which benefit a particular person with a disability. Service dog includes but is not limited to:
(a) “Guide dog” , a dog that is being or has been specially trained to assist a particular blind or visually impaired person;
(b) “Hearing dog” , a dog that is being or has been specially trained to assist a particular deaf or hearing-impaired person;
(c) “Medical alert or respond dog” , a dog that is being or has been trained to alert a person with a disability that a particular medical event is about to occur or to respond to a medical event that has occurred;
(d) “Mobility dog” , a dog that is being or has been specially trained to assist a person with a disability caused by physical impairments;
(e) “Professional therapy dog” , a dog which is selected, trained, and tested to provide specific physical therapeutic functions, under the direction and control of a qualified handler who works with the dog as a team as a part of the handler’s occupation or profession. Such dogs, with their handlers, perform such functions in institutional settings, community-based group settings, or when providing services to specific persons who have disabilities. Professional therapy dogs do not include dogs, certified or not, which are used by volunteers in visitation therapy;
(f) “Search and rescue dog” , a dog that is being or has been trained to search for or prevent a person with a mental disability, including but not limited to verbal and nonverbal autism, from becoming lost;
(3) “Service dog team” , a team consisting of a trained service dog, a disabled person or child, and a person who is an adult and who has been trained to handle the service dog.
2. Any person who knowingly or intentionally fails to exercise sufficient control over an animal such person owns, keeps, harbors, or exercises control over to prevent the animal from causing the substantial physical injury to or death of a service dog, or the subsequent inability to function as a service dog as a result of the animal’s attacking, chasing, or harassing the service dog is guilty of a class A misdemeanor.
3. Any person who harasses or chases a dog known to such person to be a service dog is guilty of a class B misdemeanor.
4. Any person who owns, keeps, harbors, or exercises control over an animal and who knowingly or intentionally fails to exercise sufficient control over the animal to prevent such animal from chasing or harassing a service dog while such dog is carrying out the dog’s function as a service dog, to the extent that the animal temporarily interferes with the service dog’s ability to carry out the dog’s function is guilty of a class B misdemeanor.
5. An owner of a service dog or a person with a disability who uses a service dog may file a cause of action to recover civil damages against any person who:
(1) Violates the provisions of subsection 1 or 2 of this section; or
(2) Steals a service dog resulting in the loss of the services of the service dog.
6. Any civil damages awarded under subsection 5 of this section shall be based on the following:
(1) The replacement value of an equally trained service dog, without any differentiation for the age or experience of the service dog;
(2) The cost and expenses incurred by the owner of a service dog or the person with a disability who used the service dog, including:
(a) The cost of temporary replacement services, whether provided by another service dog or by a person;
(b) The reasonable costs incurred in efforts to recover a stolen service dog; and
(c) Court costs and attorney’s fees incurred in bringing a civil action under subsection 5 of this section.
7. An owner of a service dog or a person with a disability who uses a service dog may file a cause of action to recover civil damages against a person who:
(1) Violates the provisions of subsections 1 to 4 of this section resulting in injury from which the service dog recovers to an extent that the dog is able to function as a service dog for the person with a disability; or
(2) Steals a service dog and the service dog is recovered resulting in the service dog being able to function as a service dog for the person with a disability.
8. Any civil damages awarded under subsection 7 of this section shall be based on the following:
(1) Veterinary medical expenses;
(2) Retraining expenses;
(3) The cost of temporary replacement services, whether provided by another service dog or by a person;
(4) Reasonable costs incurred in the recovery of the service dog; and
(5) Court costs and attorney’s fees incurred in bringing the civil action under subsection 7 of this section.
9. The provisions of this section shall not apply if a person with a disability, an owner, or a person having custody or supervision of a service dog commits criminal or civil trespass.
10. Nothing in this section shall be construed to preclude any other remedies available at law.