Service animals 08-25-14

Hawaiʻi Police Department
Community Policing
Officer Matthew Kaaihue
Phone: 961-8121


Media Release

Hawaiʻi Island police remind the public that the law allows service animals into businesses and other public places where pets are not allowed.

These service animals are described as any guide, signal or service dog, or other animal individually trained to provide assistance to an individual with a disability.

A service animal may also be referred to as an assistance animal. These animals are not considered pets. Some, but not all, service animals wear special collars and harnesses.

Hawaiʻi has specific laws protecting service animals. The intentional interference with the use of a service animal is a misdemeanor, punishable by a fine of up to $1,000 or one year in jail or both. Parents are advised not to allow their children to approach or touch service animals. The public is also reminded that all dogs must be kept secured on private property or on a leash if off private property.

This entry was posted in Media Releases. Bookmark the permalink. Both comments and trackbacks are currently closed.
  • Keep your community safe through Crime Stoppers

    Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call the island-wide Crime Stoppers number at 961-8300 and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.00. Crime Stoppers is a volunteer program run by ordinary citizens who want to keep their community safe. Crime Stoppers does not record calls or subscribe to any Caller ID service. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.

    The Crime Stoppers TV Program is available on-demand from Nā Leo TV.