South Dakota State Service Dog Laws

The full text of South Dakota law can be found here. Please expand the sections below to read more specifically about Service Animals in South Dakota.

Physically disabled, blind or deaf person’s right to be accompanied by guide dog without extra charge–Liability for damages–Violation as misdemeanor. Any person who is totally or partially physically disabled, totally or partially blind, or totally or partially deaf may be accompanied by a service animal, especially trained for the purpose, in any of the places listed in § 20-13-23.1 without being required to pay an extra charge for the service animal. However, the person with a disability is liable for any damage done to the premises or facilities by the service animal. Failure of any owner or employee of a place listed in § 20-13-23.1 to comply with the provisions of this section is a Class 2 misdemeanor.
Right to keep guide dog in rented or leased residence–Violation as misdemeanor. No landlord may prohibit by lease or otherwise the keeping of a service animal by a person who is totally or partially physically disabled, totally or partially blind, or totally or partially deaf in an apartment or other rented or leased residential property. A violation of this section is a Class 2 misdemeanor.
Duty of motorist to stop for pedestrian carrying cane or guided by dog–Violation as misdemeanor. Whenever a pedestrian is crossing or attempting to cross a public street or highway, guided by a guide dog or carrying in a raised or extended position a cane or walking stick which is white in color or white tipped with red, the driver of every vehicle approaching the intersection, or place where such pedestrian is attempting to cross, shall bring his vehicle to a full stop before arriving at such intersection or place of crossing, and before proceeding shall take such precautions as may be necessary to avoid injuring such pedestrian. A violation of this section is a Class 2 misdemeanor.
Harassment of service animal accompanying disabled person prohibited. No person may maliciously beat, injure, attempt to injure, harass, intimidate, entice, distract, or otherwise interfere with any service animal accompanying a person with a disability if the service animal is being controlled by the person and the service animal is wearing a harness or other control device normally used for service animals accompanying or leading persons with disabilities. A violation of this section is a Class 2 misdemeanor.