CLAN service animal requirements:
I have received this information from the camp site manager. She would like anyone bringing a service animal to Clan this year to know that you must Email her the answer to the following two questions and send shot records for the animal in question. The information below was sent to her by the New Mexico ADA representative. If you have any questions please email Holly. Holly will send you an email back with information.
This information must be back to Holly before Clan and NO DOGS will be allowed with out the email confirmation from Holly.
What specific task is it trained to do related to the disability?
Is the animal a service animal?
Service Animals In Public Places
The New Mexico Service Animal Act, (28-11-1.1 NMSA 1978 to 28-11-4 NMSA 1978) and the Americans with Disability Act (ADA) states only dogs and miniature horses can be considered a service animal. Under the New Mexico law, it is a misdemeanor to misrepresent a dog or miniature horse as service animal with fines up to $1,000 and less than one year of imprisonment (31-19-1 NMSA 1978).
A qualified service animal must be individually trained to perform a task that benefits an individual with a disability. The task performed by a service animal must be directly related to the person’s disability.
Emotional support animals, comfort animals or therapy animals are not considered service animals and are not protected under the New Mexico Service Animal Act or the ADA.
Service animals must be allowed to enter buildings and other areas open to the public based on their service animal status.
A service animal needs to be tethered, harnessed or leashed at all times. An exception is made if the handler is unable to use such devices due to their disability or if it would interfere with the service animal’s performance of the task performed. However, the service animal has to be under the handler’s control with voice commands, signals or other effective means.
If a service animal behaves in an unacceptable manner and is not under the control of the handler, the establishment does not have to allow the animal on the premises; however, the handler cannot be barred from the premises.
oUnacceptable behavior of a service animal:
Shows threatening or aggressive behavior towards people or other animals, i.e., baring teeth, growling and other aggressive posturing
Barks uncontrollably and runs away from the handler
Makes unsolicited contact with the general public
Solicits or steals food
Service animals must be:
oWell trained, accustomed to being in the public, stay calm and quiet beside its handler
oClean without offensive odors
Businesses and covered entities have no responsibility for the care and supervision of a service animal including cleaning up after it.
Guy Surdi, MSW
(505) 476-0420 or toll-free (877) 696-1470