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Assistance Animal FAQs

 

For the Public-

What is a service animal? 

Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”), a service animal is defined as a dog that has been individually trained to do work or perform tasks for an individual with a disability.  The task(s) performed by the dog must be directly related to the person's disability. To “do work or perform tasks” means the dog must be trained to take a specific action when needed to assist the person with a disability. For example, a person with diabetes may have a dog 

Dogs Riding in Truck Beds

 

Is It Illegal in Utah for Animals to Ride Unrestrained on Flatbed Trucks? 

 
Unfortunately, it is perfectly legal for an animal to ride unrestrained on the flatbed of a truck in the state of Utah. Though not illegal, it is incredibly dangerous for the animal and other motorists. The Humane Society of Utah adamantly opposes this practice and urges drivers to find an alternative way to transport their animals, such as a fully secured crate or, even better, inside the cab of the truck. 
 

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Action Alert: Universal Charitable Deduction

We need your help!

Congress is currently considering legislation that will increase charitable giving to nonprofit organizations such as the Utah Humane Society. Contact your Congressperson and tell them that you support a universal charitable deduction and they should, too. 
 

Animal Hoarding

What To Do If I Suspect My Friend/Family Member/Neighbor is an Animal Hoarder?

An often overlooked and underreported source of animal cruelty is animal hoarding. Animal hoarding tends to take place in private places like the home and can be challenging to detect, even for friends and family. However, due to the large number of animals involved and the destructive impact animal hoarding has on human well-being, it is crucial to recognize hoarding and to get appropriate intervention to reduce human and animal suffering.

 

SB 56 to ban gas chambers killed twice in House committee

MURRAY, UT (March 6, 2017) -- Animal Shelter Amendments bill fails despite free training and lower cost

 

For the third year in a row, a proposed bill to end the use of gas chambers for shelter animal euthanasia failed to pass the Utah Legislature. On March 3, 2017, the motion to recommend S.B. 56 - Animal Shelter Amendments sponsored by Sen. Peter Knudson and Rep. Lee B. Perry failed in the House Government Operations Committee with a vote of four yeas and four nays. The bill passed the Senate Floor with a 19-7 vote last month.