H.B. 217 Service Animals

 

SERVICE ANIMALS

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2014 GENERAL SESSION

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STATE OF UTAH

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Chief Sponsor: Ryan D. Wilcox

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Senate Sponsor: Allen M. Christensen

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7      LONG TITLE
8      General Description:
9          This bill enacts language related to a municipal or county ordinance regulating the
10      keeping of a service animal.
11      Highlighted Provisions:
12          This bill:
13          .    defines terms;
14          .    allows a person to keep a service animal, a retired service animal, or both in
15      addition to a limit on the number of dogs a person may keep set by a municipality or
16      county; and
17          .    makes technical corrections.
18      Money Appropriated in this Bill:
19          None
20      Other Special Clauses:
21          None
22      Utah Code Sections Affected:
23      AMENDS:
24           10-8-65 , as last amended by Laws of Utah 1967, Chapter 23
25      ENACTS:
26           17-50-336 , Utah Code Annotated 1953
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28      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
29          Section 1. Section 10-8-65 is amended to read:

 


30           10-8-65. Regulation of dogs — Service animals permitted.
31          (1) A municipality may:
32          (a) license, tax, regulate, or prohibit the keeping of dogs[,]; and
33          (b) authorize the destruction, sale, or other disposal of [the same whena dog if the dog
34      is at large contrary to ordinance.
35          (2) (a) As used in this Subsection (2):
36          (i) “Retired service animal” means a dog that:
37          (A) at one time was a service animal for the current owner; and
38          (B) no longer provides service animal services for the owner because of the dog’s age
39      or other factors limiting the dog’s service capability.
40          (ii) “Service animal” means a police service canine, as defined in Section 53-16-102 .
41          (b) If a municipality adopts a limit as to the number of dogs a person may keep, the
42      municipality shall allow a person to keep a service animal, a retired service animal, or both in
43      addition to that limit.
44          Section 2. Section 17-50-336 is enacted to read:
45          17-50-336. Service animals permitted.
46          (1) As used in this section:
47          (a) “Retired service animal” means a dog that:
48          (i) at one time was a service animal for the current owner; and
49          (ii) no longer provides service animal services to the owner because of the dog’s age or
50      other factors limiting the dog’s service capability.
51          (b) “Service animal” means a police service canine, as defined in Section 53-16-102 .
52          (2) If a county adopts a limit as to the number of dogs a person may keep, the county
53      shall allow a person to keep a service animal, a retired service animal, or both in addition to
54      that limit.

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