Pennsylvania

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

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Pennsylvania enacted Chapter 8A, the Assistance and Service Animal Integrity Act. The Act defines both “assistance animal” and “service animal” for purposes of the law. It then gives landlords the right to request documentation if he or she receives a request to make an exception to the policy prohibiting animals or limiting the size, weight, breed or number of animals on the landlord’s property because the person requires the use of an assistance animal or service animal. The law states that this right occurs only if the disability or disability-related need is not readily apparent or known to the landlord.

Any request must meet the law’s minimum standards:

(1) Be in writing.

(2) Be reliable and based on direct knowledge of the person’s disability and disability-related need for the assistance animal or service animal.

(3) Describe the person’s disability-related need for the assistance animal or service animal.

The chapter also creates two new offenses: (1) misrepresentation of entitlement to assistance animal or service animal; and (2) misrepresentation of animal as assistance animal or service animal.

68 P.S. § 405.1 – 405.7.