Monday, January 18, 2016

New BC Service Dog Laws Effective Jan 18, 2016

Have a look at the information provided by the BC Ministry of Justice.
Some key points: Read others at the link below.

The new legislation broadens the act to include other types of assistance and service dogs beyond just Seeing Eye Dogs.

There is a 40 point assessment each service dog team (dog with human) must pass. They must pass all 40 items. At that time they will be issued a collar tag.

All dogs that are certified must now wear the collar tag on his collar, much like a driver's licence.

Businesses and transportation providers just need to ask if it is a service dog and if so, request to see the tag on the dog's collar.  If no collar tag is present, they can choose to ask the patron to remove the dog.

Owners/handlers of fraudulent dogs are subject to a fine of up to $3000 and a violation ticket.

It is unlawful to interfere with or harm a certified service dog (under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act).

Dogs from out of province (visitors and new residents) need to have their dogs validated (be tested for and pass all the 40 assessment points) to be issued a collar tag and have access to public places where pet dogs are not allowed.

Service Dogs-in-training (SDit) with ADI and IGDF organizations will be allowed public access for training. Owner-trained will not.

Retired Service Dogs will be granted Retired Service Dog Certification so they may remain with their handlers. This is important for Landlord and Tenancy Act where only certified service dogs are given access to non-pet rentals and strata bylaws.

Emotional Support Animals are not recognized by the province of BC for tenancy rights. Therapy Dogs have no public access other than what pet dogs have and are given specific access permission only by the facilities that use them.