Service Animals, Emotional Support, and Guide Dogs2739983
Sadly, many people are asking whether "service animal" laws are being abused by those who want to scam the device.
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 that they to sit near your dog at a restaurant that they don't believe is a "real" service dog, varieties complain that the neighbors possess a pet in a "no pet" building because they claimed the animal is how to ask doctor for emotional support animal.
Some of the commentary posseses an indignant tone, and a few people are downright angry.
How does this affect those who legitimately own and employ a service animal to better their lives? In several ways.
For one, it may it more difficult to navigate bureaucracy of the world when your claim of your disability as well as your service or emotional support animal's status is questioned. In case a landlord or company owner has heard negative stories claiming that many people are abusing the system, it can cause these phones look suspiciously in any way claimants.
Some landlord and business owners have begun asking for proof of status, even though asking for written or another evidence might not be legal, and although many people who just love legitimate service animals and emotional support animals never have taken advantage of registering them, and thus have no such documentation to produce.
It is the suspicious attitude and illegal demands of some landlords and business people that make registrations services like the Service Animal Registry of California so fundamental 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 match the owner or landlord. Also, when working with public spaces, it's easier to hand over a document with a simple sentence stating, "This can be a service animal" and letting another party read the information, instead of having a long-winded protracted conversation (or even worse, argument) in public areas, with onlookers listening in and gathering across the discussion.
So, carry out some people scam the device, or game regulations? Sadly, the answer is "probably yes." In life, there is always room for abuse and people can make an effort to take advantage of many systems that we as a society applied to protect the rights of people who need such protection. For example, many drivers falsely display disabled parking placards to take advantage of free and convenient parking. Not forgetting the number of folks who lie on their own tax returns, claim improper tax deductions, abuse retail store return policies, or do other bad acts.
However that percentage of abuse, which in service animal laws is hopefully small, is arguably a very small investment when compared to the higher goal of promoting access and equality for many.
In the end, you can not control any system to make it 100% abuse proof. So tolerating the not enough people who scam service animal laws may be the price we gladly pay to ensure the disabled in the great condition of California have equal access under law.