Laws Of Other Countries

Laws Of Other Countries


The Equality Act 2010 defines a Service Dog/Animal as a highly trained dog that has been individually trained to perform specific tasks to assist an individual with a disability.

The EA ensures that guide dog and assistance dog owners are entitled to the same access rights as everyone else when accessing services provided by shops, banks, libraries, hotels, taxis and restaurants.

Australia/New Zealand


The rights of Assistance Dog users/handlers are protected by Federal Law through the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 (DDA 1992). The DDA recognises a properly trained Assistance Animal as a tool facilitating the functioning of an individual with a disability, similar to a wheelchair. The DDA recognizes both physical and psychosocial disabilities and acknowledges the support that an Assistance Animal can provide in either case. The DDA allows Assistance Dogs to accompany their handlers to all public places. The only exceptions to this rule may be places where an individual’s disability is addressed by other means or areas where stringent sterility requirements must be met, e.g.:

• Specific Clinical Settings;

• Surgically sterilised areas;

• Industrial food preparation areas (kitchens);

• Quarantined areas.

Assistance Dogs are a necessary aid to help individuals with disabilities regain their confidence and actively engage in their community.

New Zealand

The Dog Control Act 1996 is enforced by the Department of Internal Affairs as a guideline to assist organisations in applying to certify assistance dogs. These dogs are highly trained to assist individuals with disabilities and are entitled to public access rights. They may legally enter public places or premises registered under the regulations in Section 120 of the Health Act 1956.

South America


Assistance Dog

If you rely on the support of an assistance dog, you have the right to enter any place open to use by the public. Moreover, in terms of transportation, assistance dog owners are entitled to access to preferential seats.

Ley 26.858

You can enter and stay with your assistance dog at:

– Gastronomic establishments, restaurants, commercial premises;

– Public and private sector offices;

– Places of leisure and free time, sports clubs, cultural centers;

– Public or private educational establishments, religious establishments;

– Health and care centers;

– Hotels, hostels, camps, apartments, spas, campsites and establishments in general for tourism;

– Transportation of passengers and areas for public use in terminals or stations;

– Any other place, premises or public and private establishment with public access.


LAW NO. 20,025


    Keeping in mind that the H. National Congress has given its approval to the following


    “Sole article.- Introduce the following amendments to Law No. 19,284:

    A) The epigraph of Chapter I of Title IV is replaced by the following: “Access to culture, information, communications and physical space, and assistance dogs”, and then add the following Paragraph 1: “1. Access to culture, information, communications and physical space.”

    B) Add, in Chapter I of Title IV, after article 25, the following new Paragraph 2:

    “2nd. Assistance dogs for people with disabilities.

    Article 25-A.- Every person with a disability, notwithstanding what is indicated in article 6, shall have the right to be permanently accompanied by an assistance dog, to any building, construction, infrastructure or space for public use, whether privately owned or public, intended for a use that involves public attendance.

    Likewise, these people, along with their assistance dogs, will have the right to access and circulate in any means of land or maritime passenger transport that provides services in the national territory, whether free or paid, public or private, individual or collective. Access and circulation in means of air transport will be governed by current regulations.

    Article 25-B.- Access, circulation and permanence, in the places and means of transport indicated in the preceding article, by the assistance dog that accompanies the person with disabilities, will not be subject to the payment of a sum of money, nor may they be conditioned to the granting of any kind of guarantee, unless an additional cost valued in money must be incurred for this, which must be previously reported to whoever requires it.

    Article 25-C.- For the purposes provided for in this law, “assistance dog” shall be understood as one that is individually trained to carry out work for the benefit of a person with a disability.

    Assistance dogs may be trained to carry out work as guide, signal, service or other types of dogs, in accordance with the characteristics and conditions established by the regulations.

    Article 25-D.- Assistance dogs must be duly identified, by means of the official badge determined by the regulations.

    Article 25-E.- It will correspond to the owner of the assistance dog, or whoever uses it, to adopt the necessary measures to ensure a healthy coexistence and avoid disturbances or inconvenience to other people.

    People with disabilities may not exercise the rights established in this paragraph when the assistance dog shows signs of illness, aggressiveness and, in general, when the animal constitutes an obvious risk to people.

    Article 25-F.- The training of assistance dogs will be in charge of institutions with legal personality or natural persons that comply with the norms established by the regulation. These institutions or people will be in charge of selecting, raising and training dogs for people with disabilities, in addition to preparing the user of the assistance dog for its use and care.

    C) Article 49 is replaced by the following:

    “Article 49.- Anyone who is penalized as the author of an arbitrary or illegal act or omission, under the terms set forth in the preceding article, shall pay a fine of not less than two nor more than twenty monthly tax units, which shall be doubled if of recidivism.”