Tuesday, August 23, 2011

"Service animals" definition narrowed by DOJ

Recently the regulations of the Department of Justice were amended to clarify the definition of service animals for public accommodation. 28 CFR 36.104 (page 56250) has been changed to limit the application to animals who's "work or tasks performed by a service animal must be directly related to the handler’s disability." It goes so far as to add that "The crime deterrent effects of an animal’s presence and the provision of emotional support, well-being, comfort, or companionship do not constitute work or tasks for the purposes of this definition." For more information, see our page on the Law of Service Animals.