Uncategorized September 19, 2011

Snakes, fish & cocker-doodle as service animal?

That the ADA attempted to clarify the definition of service animals?

The new legislation was effective March 15, 2011, and defines a service animal as, “A dog that has been individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability.” It goes on to say that, “Other species of animals, whether wild or domestic, trained or untrained, are not service animals for the purposes of this definition.”

However, other federal laws, such as the Fair Housing Act and state statutes, have different provisions – for example, permitting animals other than dogs to be designated as service animals and including emotional support animals.

We still do not have a good answer or RCW outlining what particular types of animals fall into this category, but it is good to hear that they are at least starting to recogonize the issue. Stay tuned for more info.