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State Law concerning

Guide Dog Protection

















Pennsylvania guide dog protection Law


(Excepts from:)
PENNSYLVANIA CONSOLIDATED STATUTES
TITLE 18. CRIMES AND OFFENSES 
PART II. DEFINITION OF SPECIFIC OFFENSES
ARTICLE F. OFFENSES AGAINST PUBLIC ORDER AND DECENCY CHAPTER 55.
RIOT, DISORDERLY CONDUCT AND RELATED OFFENSES 
5511. Cruelty to animals 

(a) Killing, maiming or poisoning domestic animals or zoo
animals, etc.--

(1) A person commits a misdemeanor of the second degree if he
willfully and maliciously:

(iii) Harasses, annoys, injures, attempts to injure, molests or
interferes with a dog guide for an individual who is blind, a
hearing dog for an individual who is deaf or audibly impaired or
a service dog for an individual who is physically limited.
Any person convicted of violating the provisions of this
paragraph shall be sentenced to pay a fine of not less than $500.

(q) Definitions.--As used in this section, the following words
and phrases shall have the meanings given to them in this
subsection:
"Audibly impaired." 
The inability to hear air conduction thresholds at an average of
40 decibels or greater in the better ear.

"Blind." Having a visual acuity of 20/200 or less in the better
eye with correction or having a limitation of the field of vision
such that the widest diameter of the visual field subtends an
angular distance not greater than 20 degrees.

"Deaf." Totally impaired hearing or hearing with or without
amplification which is so seriously 
impaired that the primary means of receiving spoken language is
through other sensory input, including, but not limited to, lip
reading, sign language, finger spelling or reading.

"Physically limited." 
Having limited ambulation, including, but not limited to, a
temporary or permanent impairment or condition that causes an
individual to use a wheelchair or walk with 
difficulty or insecurity, affects sight or hearing to the extent
that an individual is insecure or exposed to danger, causes
faulty coordination or reduces mobility,
flexibility, coordination or perceptiveness.

Guide Dog Protection Laws for Other States
http://www.acb.org/arizona/gduaslaw.html 



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