Changes in Arizona Laws re Service Animals for People with Disabilities
Two new laws will take effect September 13, 2013 in Arizona that will positively affect some persons with disabilities.
HB 2401 added miniature horses to the definition of “service animal.” The new definition will read:
“Service animal” means any dog that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability, including a physical, sensory, psychiatric, intellectual or other mental disability. Service animal includes a miniature horse that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability.
While an equine service animal may not be suitable for all people or for all occasions, there are benefits to having a miniature horse as a service animal, including the much longer lifespan of a horse versus a dog.
Another Arizona disability-related law that will take effect September 13, 2013 is HB 2355 which prohibits a city, town or county in Arizona from charging an individual who has a disability and uses a service animal (or an individual who uses a search and rescue dog) a license fee for that dog. Applicants for a dog license must sign a written statement declaring that the dog is a service animal as defined in Section 11-1024 in order to have the fee waived.