Service Dog Law: Ask an Attorney

This page features links to service dog law questions generated by our community and answered by an attorney.


How can I enforce my legal rights with regard to my service animal?

For service dog users who have acted in accordance with service dog law (see Dr. Veronica Morris’s “How I Handle a Public Access Challenge” for valuable advice), yet have still been discriminated against, Pamela Cohen presents options for filing complaints in different venues.


Can my service dog be denied state park access?

Pamela Cohen discusses whether state parks—which include some beaches with caretakers trying to protect wildlife—can refuse access to a person using a service dog on the basis of protecting wildlife, when that park is otherwise open to the public. Please keep in mind that regardless of the service dog law in force, handlers should be respectful of others while keeping their dogs under control at all times.