Service Animal Policy
Service Animal Policy

Based upon the United States Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

Due to large scale service animal fraud, and with respect to legitimate service animals, the policy of the Southeast Missouri District Fair and Fairgrounds will strictly adhere to the following, in conjunction with the Americans with Disabilities Act and the State of Missouri Attorney General’s guidance:

A service animal is defined as dogs that are individually trained to do work or perform tasks for people with disabilities. This may also include miniature horses. No other animals qualify, and will not be permitted.

  • Any animal whose task is to provide protection, emotional support, well-being, comfort, or companionship, is not considered a service animal and will not be allowed onto the grounds.
  • All service animals must remain by the handler’s side at all times and must be harnessed, leashed, or tethered, unless these devices interfere with the service animal’s work or the individual’s disability prevents using these devices. In that case, the individual must maintain control of the animal through voice, signal, or other effective methods.
  • If the animal, at any time during their presence on the grounds is not house-trained or acts up to include barking, biting, walking around or jumping on other patrons, security will direct removal of the animal.