(1) blindness or any other visual impairment;
Attorney's NoteUnder the Indiana Code, punishments for crimes depend on the classification. In the case of this section:
|Level 6 felony||between 6 mos. and 2 1/2 years||up to $10,000|
|Class A misdemeanor||up to 1 year||up to $5,000|
(3) a physical disability; or
(4) a medical condition;
relies on for navigation, assistance in performing daily activities, or alert signals regarding the onset of the person’s medical condition.
(b) A person who knowingly or intentionally:
(1) interferes with the actions of a service animal; or
(2) strikes, torments, injures, or otherwise mistreats a service animal;
while the service animal is engaged in assisting an impaired person described in subsection (a) commits a Class A misdemeanor.
(c) An offense under subsection (b)(2) is a Level 6 felony if the act results in the:
(1) serious permanent disfigurement;
(3) permanent or protracted loss or impairment of the function of a bodily member or organ; or
of the service animal.
(d) It is a defense that the accused person:
(1) engaged in a reasonable act of training, handling, or disciplining the service animal; or
(2) reasonably believed the conduct was necessary to prevent injury to the accused person or another person.
As added by P.L.143-1996, SEC.2. Amended by P.L.9-2003, SEC.4; P.L.158-2013, SEC.565.