Service Animals, Emotional Support, and Guide Dogs2864503
Sadly, some people are asking whether "service animal" laws are increasingly being abused by people who want to scam the system.
There have been news stories, articles, opinion pieces as well as other editorials where people rant and complain about people they think to be abusing the device. You hear some complain they had to sit near a dog at a restaurant they don't believe is really a "real" service dog, varieties complain that their neighbors use a pet in a "no pet" building because they claimed the pet is esa doctors near me.
Some of the commentary has an indignant tone, and a few people are downright angry.
How can this affect those that legitimately own and make use of a service animal to raised their lives? In lots of ways.
For one, it could it more challenging to navigate bureaucracy on the planet when your claim of the disability along with your service or emotional support animal's status is questioned. If a landlord or business owner has heard negative stories claiming that some people are abusing the device, it can cause these to look suspiciously whatsoever claimants.
Some landlord and business people have begun seeking proof of status, although asking for written or another evidence might not be legal, and although many owners of legitimate service animals and emotional support animals never have taken advantage of registering them, and so have no such documentation to make.
It is the suspicious attitude and illegal demands of some landlords and companies 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 once the owner can produce a simple document that may often match the owner or landlord. Also, when working with public spaces, it's easier to give a document using a simple sentence stating, "This is a service animal" and letting the other party read the information, rather than having a long-winded protracted conversation (or worse yet, argument) in public areas, with onlookers listening in and gathering round the discussion.
So, carry out some people scam the device, or game what the law states? Sadly, the answer then is "probably yes." In life, there is always room for abuse and people can try to take advantage of many systems that we as a society set up to protect the rights of those that need such protection. For example, many drivers falsely display disabled parking placards to benefit from free and convenient parking. Not forgetting the number of folks who lie on the 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 price to pay when compared to the higher purpose of promoting access and equality for those.
In the end, you cannot control any system making it 100% abuse proof. So tolerating the not enough people who scam service animal laws is the price we gladly pay to ensure the disabled within the great condition of California have equal access under law.