I was wondering if anyone could tell me whether I am reading this right in regards to Service Dogs.
From New York Assistance Animal/Guide Dog Laws
1. Definitions. For purposes of this section:
(a) “Service animal” shall mean any animal that has been partnered with a person who has a disability and has been trained or is being trained, by a qualified person, to aid or guide a person with a disability.
In the miscellaneous provisions, it states,
3. Persons qualified to train dogs to aid and guide persons with a disability, while engaged in such training activities, shall have the same rights and privileges set forth for persons with a disability in this article.
The way I am reading this is that New York's Service Dog law pertains to both fully-trained Service dogs AND SDIT's. Is this correct?
The way I am reading this ... if I have a disability and am training my own dog, then I would have the same public access rights with the SDIT as I would with a fully-trained Service Dog?
And at the same time, if I am "qualified to train Service Dogs", even if I am not disabled, I have the same public access rights with the Service Dog or SDIT I am training while engaged in training.
Out of curiosity, what would a "qualified person" be, seeing that the ADA does not require Service Dogs to be trained by an organization of Service Dog-specific trainer? What makes one a "qualified" Service Dog trainer?
Is there any case law about this?
I foresee that this will be a grey area when and if Watertown, NY passes that proposed dog ban. I expect we will suddenly get a lot of "Service Dog trainers" working with their dogs at public events where dogs are otherwise banned ...