Laws

In South Dakota there are three codified laws pertaining to service dogs. Click here to visit SD Codified Laws Website.

20-13-23.1. Right of disabled persons to equal treatment in public accommodations. Any person with a disability is entitled to reasonably equal accommodations, advantages, facilities, and privileges of all hotels, lodging places, places of public accommodation, amusement or resort, and other places to which the general public is invited, subject only to the conditions and limitations established by law and applicable alike to all persons.
Source: SL 1976, ch 153, § 1; SL 1986, ch 170, § 18.

20-13-23.2. Physically disabled, blind or deaf person’s right to be accompanied by guide dog without extra charge–Liability for damages–Violation as misdemeanor. Any person who is totally or partially physically disabled, totally or partially blind, or totally or partially deaf may be accompanied by a service animal, especially trained for the purpose, in any of the places listed in § 20-13-23.1 without being required to pay an extra charge for the service animal. However, the person with a disability is liable for any damage done to the premises or facilities by the service animal. Failure of any owner or employee of a place listed in § 20-13-23.1 to comply with the provisions of this section is a Class 2 misdemeanor.
Source: SL 1976, ch 153, § 2; SL 1980, ch 172, § 1; SL 1994, ch 160, § 1; SL 1995, ch 118, § 1.

20-13-23.4. Right to keep guide dog in rented or leased residence–Violation as misdemeanor. No landlord may prohibit by lease or otherwise the keeping of a service animal by a person who is totally or partially physically disabled, totally or partially blind, or totally or partially deaf in an apartment or other rented or leased residential property. A violation of this section is a Class 2 misdemeanor.
Source: SDCL, § 20-13-23.2 as added by SL 1980, ch 172, § 1; SL 1994, ch 160, § 4; SL 1995, ch 118, § 2.

Americans with Disabilities Act – ADA – Click here to visit the Federal ADA Website.

Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), businesses and organizations that serve the public must allow people with disabilities to bring their service animals into all areas of the facility where customers are normally allowed to go. This federal law applies to all businesses open to the public, including restaurants, hotels, taxis and shuttles, grocery and department stores, hospitals and medical offices, theaters, health clubs, parks, and zoos.


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