Rules for Assistance Dogs

September 27, 2012

Dog Bites

assistance dogsIn Ohio, any person who is blind, deaf or hearing impaired, or mobility impaired may not be discriminated against for having an assistance dog in a public place.  Such persons accompanied by an assistance dog are entitled to full and equal accommodations, advantages, facilities, and privileges of all public transportation, lodging places, amusement, institutions of education, and any other places to which the general public is invited.

When an assistance dog accompanies a person, that person is subject only to the conditions and limitations applicable to any other person.  There are two exceptions to this general rule.  First, an assistance dog may not occupy a seat on any public form of transportation.  Second, the assistance dog must be on leash while using the facilities of a common carrier.

The preceding rules apply to assistance dogs in training as well.  Persons training assistance dogs may not be discriminated against in public places.  The only restriction placed upon trainers of assistance dogs is that they must ensure that the dog is covered by a liability insurance policy to protect members of the public against personal injury or property damage that may be caused by the dog.

If you or a loved one has become the victim of a dog bite or dog attack in Ohio, contact the Ohio law firm of Slater & Zurz LLP for a free consultation and a free case evaluation with an attorney experienced with Ohio dog bite cases. Please call 1-888-321-0274 or send a message from the website at



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