Delaware

The following statutes comprise the state’s relevant assistance animal and guide dog laws.

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In Chapter 45 on Equal Accommodations, the section covering definitions for the chapter had some minor amendment. The definition for “(7) disability” removed this portion of the definition: “Discrimination against a person with a disability includes discrimination against the use of a support animal because of a physical disability of the user. Support animal means any animal individually trained to do work or perform tasks to meet the requirements of a person with a physical disability, including, but not limited to, minimal protection work, rescue work, pulling a wheelchair or fetching dropped items.”

A new definition was then added for “service animal” in subsection (16): “‘Service animal’ means a dog individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of a person with a disability, including a physical, sensory, psychiatric, intellectual, or other mental disability.” 6 Del.C. § 4502.

In addition, under Section 4504, a new subsection related to service animal access was added:

(3) A place of public accommodation must permit service animals as follows:

a. An individual with a disability accompanied by a service animal in any place of public accommodation.

b. An individual training support animals a service animal to be used by persons with disabilities, all trainers and their support animals shall be included within those covered by this subsection. disabilities accompanied by a service animal in any place of public accommodation.

6 Del.C. § 4504.