Since 1991, when the ADA gave disabled people the right to bring service animals into shops and other public buildings, a variety of animals became characterized as “service animals” beyond dogs, including pigs, monkeys and even birds. Plus, animals that simply provided emotional support had fallen into that category.
New U.S. Department of Justice regulations that took effect March 15 say only dogs (and miniature horses in some cases) now qualify as service animals. Also, the dog must be “individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with disability,” not just provide “emotional support.”
Find a briefing on service animals and the ADA at www.ada.gov/svcanimb.htm.