Arizona recognizes there are some individuals who require assistance through the use of service animals. The statute that governs the use of service animals is found under A.R.S. §11-1024.
The Arizona legislature, through senate bill 1382, amended A.R.S. §11-1024 to include keeping control of your service animal. Additional considerations have been included under subsection B of this statute. It adds that it is not discriminatory to exclude a service animal from a public place if the animal is out of control and the animal’s handler does not take effective action to control the animal, or if the animal is not housebroken.
It further adds, under subsection C, if a public place asks an individual to remove a service animal because of one of the above reasons then the public place shall give the individual the opportunity to return and obtain goods, services or accommodations without the animal on the premises.
The section also adds, under subsection E, a service animal must be under the control of the service animal’s handler. The section provides “under the control of the service animal’s handler” to mean that the service animal has a harness, leash or other tether, unless either the handler is unable because of a disability or would interfere with the service animal’s safe and effective performance of wok or tasks, in which case the service animal must be otherwise under the handler’s control by voice control, signals or other effective means. In other words, the service animal must be in control by the service animal’s handler. The amendments to this section do nothing to change or undermine a disabled person’s ability to use a service animal. They simply require that the animal be well controlled by his handler.