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Service Animal Owners Responsibilities

Owners are responsible for any damage caused by their animals and must take appropriate precautions to prevent property damage or injury.  The cost of care, arrangements and responsibilities for the well-being of authorized animals are the sole responsibility of their owners at all times.

Animals must be well groomed and measures taken at all times for flea and odor control. 

Owners must submit to the Director health statements, including vaccination records from licensed veterinarians dated within the past year.  Proof of good health must be provided annually. 

Florida law requires that every dog is licensed.  The owner must comply with Florida regulations regarding pet ownership.

Owners are responsible for removal and proper disposal of animal waste.  Removal must be immediate.  Individuals unable to clean up after their animals should notify the Director so that alternative arrangements can be decided and implemented.  If service animals urinate or defecate inside NYFA buildings, or in another areas that requires cleaning, owners must notify staff immediately.

Owners are fully responsible for the actions of their service animal.  If a service dog exhibits unacceptable behavior, the owner is expected to employ appropriate training techniques to correct the situation.  The animal shall have a harness, leash, or other tether unless the owner is unable to use such devises or they interfere with the safe performance of the animal’s work or tasks. 
The owner of a service animal at any NYFA facility or event is expected to maintain appropriate behavior of the animal as follows:

  • Animal must not be allowed to initiate contact/approach/sniff people, tables in eating areas, or personal belongings of others.
  • Animal must not display behaviors or noises that are disruptive to others, such as barking, growling, or other behavior not part of the task the animal is trained to conduct.
  • Animal must not block an aisle or passageway; impede access to ingress/egress of a facility.

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