Massachusetts Statutes, Chapter 272-98A; Chapter 151C, Section2, Paragraph e, 1972; Chapter 151B, Section 4(amended 1996); Chapter 90, Section 14A (amended 1992)
Massachusetts law guarantees a blind person the legal right to be accompanied by a dog guide in all public accommodations and on all public conveyances. No extra charge can be levied because of the dog's presence. Muzzling can be required.
A blind person is guaranteed the right under Massachusetts law to be accompanied by a dog guide in an educational institution.
Public accommodations include hotels, restaurants, stores, places of amusement, and all places to which the public is invited. (Chapter 272-98A)
Public conveyances include trains, airplanes, buses, taxis, and all common carriers. (Chapter 272-98A)
A blind person with a dog guide is guaranteed equal housing. (Chapter 151B, Sect. 4)
The driver of a vehicle must yield the right-of-way to a pedestrian with a dog guide. (Chapter 90, Sect. 14A)
Violation: A person who interferes with the rights enumerated above is punishable by a fine not to exceed $300. (Chapter 272-98A)