Service Dog Law Connecticut


Summary

Connecticut law requires that a specially trained dog be allowed to accompany a blind deaf, mentally or physically disabled person in housing, in public accommodations, and on all common carriers. The dog must be identified by wearing an orange-colored harness or leash. Extra charges cannot be made due to the presence of the dog, but if the dog causes damage to the premises, the dog user is liable.

Injury to Service Dog

Liable for damage done to such guide dog, and such liability shall include liability
for any costs incurred  for the veterinary care, rehabilitation or replacement of the
injured guide dog and for reasonable attorney’s fees

Service Dog Trainers

Must be employed by and authorized to engage in designated training activities by a
guide dog organization or assistance dog , and who carries photographic identification indicating such employment and authorization; allowed in same places as disabled

Service Dog Identification

Must wear a harness or an orange-colored leash and collar which makes it readily-
identifiable as a guide dog that is licensed

Housing

All except rooms in owner-occupied single family home

Accessibility

May travel on a train or on any other mode of public transportation, and may
enter any other place of public accommodation which caters or offers its services
or facilities or goods to the general public, including but not limited to, any public
building, inn, restaurant, hotel, motel, tourist cabin, place of amusement, resort or
any facility of any such public accommodation, accompanied by his guide dog or
assistance dog, and he may keep such dog with him at all times

Register & Certify Your Service Dog in Connecticut

The truth is that you are not legally required to register or certify a service dog in Connecticut or any other state in the US. (*exception: New York City service dogs must be licensed by the city’s Department of Health). Service dogs are protected under the ADA, Americans with Disabilities Act. Registration and certification is possible – but completely optional – and does not convey any legal rights under the ADA or the Department of Justice.  Read more here:

Service Dog Registration & Certification in the US – The Truth 

Sam Amy Nelson

Sam Amy Nelson (she/her) is an advocate for people with disabilities and mental health.

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