Can animals other than dogs qualify as a service animal?
Under the ADA, only dogs are considered service animals. However it has revised some of its regulations and now has a separate provision for miniature horses that have been trained to perform tasks for individuals with a disability.
Miniature horses generally range in height from 24 inches to 34 inches measured to the shoulders and generally weigh between 70 and 100 pounds. Where reasonable, establishments must modify their policies to permit miniature horses.
There are 4 factors that can determine whether or not a miniature horse should be accommodated, these include:
(1) Whether the miniature horse is housebroken.
(2) Whether the miniature horse is under the owner’s control.
(3) Whether the facility can accommodate the miniature horse’s type, size, and weight and
(4) Whether the miniature horse’s presence will not compromise legitimate safety requirements necessary for safe operation of the facility.
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