Service Animals, Emotional Support, and Guide Dogs3287377
Sadly, some individuals are asking whether "service animal" laws are now being abused by people who 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 device. You hear some complain that they to sit near your dog at a restaurant they don't believe is really a "real" service dog, forms of languages complain their neighbors have a pet inside a "no pet" building simply because they claimed the animal is emotional support animal registration.
Some of the commentary comes with an indignant tone, and some people are downright angry.
So how exactly does this affect people who legitimately own and employ a service animal to better their lives? In several ways.
For one, it may it harder to navigate bureaucracy on the planet when your claim of your disability and your service or emotional support animal's status is questioned. If a landlord or company owner has heard negative stories claiming that many people are abusing the system, it can cause them to look suspiciously at all claimants.
Some landlord and business owners have begun seeking proof of status, even though asking for written or other evidence is not always legal, although many those who own legitimate service animals and emotional support animals have not taken advantage of registering them, and therefore have no such documentation to produce.
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 will also help shortcut the housing rental and business access issues if the owner can produce a simple document that will often match the owner or landlord. Also, when using public spaces, it's easier to give a document having a simple sentence stating, "This can be a service animal" and letting the other party read the information, as opposed to having a long-winded protracted conversation (or worse, argument) in public, with onlookers listening in and gathering round the discussion.
So, perform some people scam the device, or game what the law states? Sadly, the reply is "probably yes." In your life, there is always room for abuse the ones can make an effort to take advantage of many systems that individuals as a society set up to protect the rights of people who need such protection. As an example, many drivers falsely display disabled parking placards to take advantage of free and convenient parking. As well as the number of people that lie on the 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, might just be a very small price to pay when compared to the higher goal of promoting access and equality for those.
In the end, you can not control any system making it 100% abuse proof. So tolerating the few people who scam service animal laws will be the price we gladly pay to ensure the disabled inside the great state of California have equal access under law.