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Alabama state Service Dog Laws

PUBLISHED 2016

DEFINITIONS

UNDER CHAPTER 7 – RIGHTS OF BLIND AND OTHERWISE PHYSICALLY DISABLED PERSONS:

For the purposes of this section, the term service animal means any dog that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability.

Ala. Code 1975 § 21-7-4.

ACCOMMODATION LAW

Every person with a disability, including a person who is:

  • totally or partially blind
  • hearing-impaired,
  • diagnosed on the autism spectrum

shall have the right to be accompanied by a service animal in any public place, including a public or private school, and any of the places listed in Section 21-7-3.

The person may not be required to pay an extra charge for the service animal.

Ala. Code 1975 § 21-7-4.

Any person, firm or corporation, or the agent of any person, firm or corporation, who denies or interferes with admittance to or enjoyment of the public facilities or otherwise interferes with the rights of a totally or partially blind or otherwise disabled person shall be guilty of a misdemeanor.

Ala. Code 1975 § 21-7-5.

DRIVING LAW

The driver of a vehicle approaching a totally or partially blind pedestrian who is using a guide dog, or a person employed by an accredited school for training guide dogs who provides notice shall take all necessary precautions prescribed by law to avoid injury to the blind pedestrian, and the dog trainer.

Any driver who fails to take all necessary precautions shall be liable in damages for any injury caused the pedestrian, or the guide dog trainer.

Ala. Code 1975 § 21-7-6.