Service Dog Policy

III. Service Dogs in the Library

A. Service animals allowed:
1. Only a dog or miniature pony that has been individually trained to take a specific action when needed to assist a person with a disability do work or perform tasks, including trained psychiatric dogs. The task(s) performed by the dog must be directly related to a person’s disability.

B. Service animals not allowed:
1. Emotional support, therapy, comfort or companion animals that have not been trained to perform a specific job or task needed to assist a person with a disability.
2. Dog for protection or personal defense.
3. Service animals not under control of the handler.
4. Service animals that are not housebroken.

C. Owner responsibility
1. The handler is responsible for the care and supervision of the service animal, which includes toileting, feeding, grooming and veterinary care.
2. Service animals are subject to these local dog licensing and registration requirements
    Leavenworth City Code, Sec. 18-61. - Require
    Leavenworth City Code, Sec. 18-62. - Nonresidents exempted from license requirement 
3. The service animal must be harnessed, leashed, or tethered while in public places unless these devices interfere with the service animal's work or the person's disability prevents use of these devices. In that case, the person must use voice, signal, or other effective means to maintain control of the animal.
4. If a service animal is out of control and the handler does not take effective action to control it, staff may request that the animal be removed from the premises. D. Unlawful misrepresentation 1. Unlawful misrepresentation of any requirement stated above is a Class A nonperson misdemeanor. (KS 39-1112)