Service Animals, Emotional Support, and Guide Dogs1935545
Sadly, many people are asking whether "service animal" laws are being abused by those that want to scam the system.
There have been news stories, articles, opinion pieces along with other editorials where people rant and complain about people they think to be abusing the system. You hear some complain they had to sit near a dog at a restaurant they don't believe can be a "real" service dog, forms of languages complain that the neighbors have a pet in the "no pet" building since they claimed the pet is how to ask doctor for emotional support animal.
A few of the commentary comes with an indignant tone, and a few people are downright angry.
How can this affect those who legitimately own and employ a service animal to higher their lives? In many ways.
For one, it can it more challenging to navigate bureaucracy of the world when your claim of your disability along with your service or emotional support animal's status is questioned. In case a landlord or business proprietor has heard negative stories claiming that some people are abusing the machine, it can cause these phones look suspiciously at all claimants.
Some landlord and business people have begun requesting proof of status, even though asking for written or another evidence isn't necessarily legal, and even though many those who own legitimate service animals and emotional support animals have not taken advantage of registering them, and thus have no such documentation to make.
It is the suspicious attitude and illegal demands of some landlords and business people that make registrations services such as the Service Animal Registry of California so vital to legitimate owners.
Although registration is optional, it can benefit shortcut the housing rental and business access issues if the owner can create a simple document that will often satisfy the owner or landlord. Also, when using public spaces, it is usually easier to give a document using a simple sentence stating, "This is really a service animal" and letting the other party read the information, as opposed to having a long-winded protracted conversation (or even worse, argument) in public areas, with onlookers listening in and gathering around the discussion.
So, perform some people scam the device, or game the law? Sadly, the answer then is "probably yes." In your life, there is always room for abuse the ones can try to take advantage of many systems that we as a society set up to protect the rights of those who need such protection. As an example, many drivers falsely display disabled parking placards to benefit from free and convenient parking. As well as the number of people that lie on their tax returns, claim improper tax deductions, abuse store return policies, or do other bad acts.
But that percentage of abuse, which in the area of service animal laws is hopefully small, is arguably a very small investment when compared to the higher objective of promoting access and equality for those.
In the end, you cannot control any system to really make it 100% abuse proof. So tolerating the few people who scam service animal laws will be the price we gladly pay to make sure that the disabled inside the great state of California have equal access under law.