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Patricia Cornwell with Trip, one of the horses she donated to the guide Horse Foundation

Patricia Cornwell with Trip

Don and Janet Burleson - Copyright 2000 by Lisa Carpenter

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Dan with Cuddles - Copyright (c) 2001 by Cathleen MacDonald
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Cuddles in Harness - Copyright (c) 2001 by Cathleen MacDonald

Copyright © 2001 by Cathleen MacDonald

Don and Janet with Trip and Ras

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Cuddles on the first flight of a horse on a commercial flight

Copyright © 2001 by Erik Lesser
The worlds first horse to fly in the passenger cabin

Cuddles guiding Dan Shaw

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State Laws on Guide Animal & Service Access Rights

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The Americans with Disabilities Act guarantees the access rights for all species of service animals and guide animals, but there are specific state laws that specifically spell-out details.  This list from MSNBC is fairly comprehensive:

 The rules do vary by state, but the Federal ADA statutes supersede all state laws.  Violation of the American with Disabilities Act can result in fines of $50,000 for the first offense and $100,000 for each subsequent offense.

 There are also licensing laws in certain states.  For example, The California State Board of Guide Dogs for the Blind regulates guide dog licensing, and the licensee must complete a full-time apprenticeship.  

In many states, a guide animal trainer does not have legal access rights while in Florida, Indiana and New Hampshire, guide dog trainers are given the same rights as the disabled: 

“Any trainer of a dog guide, while engaged in the training of such dog, has the same rights and privileges with respect to access to public facilities. (Amendment •413.08 (7))”  

The penalties for violations of guide animal’s access laws also vary by state.  In California, the victim may only recovery their attorney fees: 

California - Violation: The above enumerated rights are enforceable under the provisions of the California Civil Rights Code. (•54.3, •55, •55.1) The prevailing party in the action shall be entitled to recover reasonable attorneys' fees.

On the other hand, in Texas, interfering with a Guide animal is a serious felony offense: 

In Texas, if you or your animal harms an assistance animal, the penalties are severe:

  • Attacks (Class A Misdemeanor:  Fine up to $4,000).
  • Injures (State Jail Felony:  180 days and a fine up to $10,000).
  • Kills (Third Degree Felony:  2 to 10 years and a fine up to

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Janet Burleson
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  • Janet Burleson is one of the world's pioneering horse trainers – Practical Horseman Magazine

  • Seeing is believing – USA Today

  • Janet and Don Burleson are  . . . Angels – People Magazine

  • How wonderful that Janet and Don Burleson have initiated this valuable experimental program teaming miniature horses with blind people – Newsweek

  • Miniature ponies are leading the way for the blind – ABC News

  • Guide Horses  . . . are as small and disciplined as Guide Dogs – TIME Magazine

  • Extraordinary ABC 20/20

  • It is often the little things that win our hearts and minds – ABC News

  • The Burleson’s are . . . using horse sense to Guide Boston Globe

  • Twinkie proved that miniature horses could fill the role, and fill it well – VetCentric Magazine

  • An Intriguing Program - Discovery Channel






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