In addition to ADA coverage, Minnesota state regulations extend the following coverage and protections to service dogs and their handlers.
Misrepresentation is illegal
It is against the law to misrepresent an animal as a service animal and is punishable by fines and jail time. An emotional support animal is not a service animal and their owners may be liable under this law.
Liability for injuries
It is a gross misdemeanor for a person to harm a service animal. Penalty may be imprisonment for not more than two years or to payment of a fine of not more than $5,000, or both.
It is a misdemeanor for a dog owner who fails to control their dog that results in a service animal being hurt. Any cost associated with the incident may be placed on the dog owner.
Covered while in training
In Minnesota, service animals in training have the same rights as service animals and are allowed in places of public accommodation.