Service Animals, Emotional Support, and Guide Dogs3347676
Sadly, many people are asking whether "service animal" laws are now being abused by those who want to scam the device.
There have been news stories, articles, opinion pieces and 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 can be a "real" service dog, varieties complain that their neighbors have a pet inside a "no pet" building because they claimed the animal is how to ask doctor for emotional support animal.
A few of the commentary posseses an indignant tone, and some people are downright angry.
How can this affect people who legitimately own and make use of a service animal to higher their lives? In many ways.
For one, it may it more difficult to navigate bureaucracy on the planet when your claim of a disability along with your service or emotional support animal's status is questioned. In case a landlord or company owner has heard negative stories claiming that some individuals are abusing the machine, it can cause these to look suspiciously in any way claimants.
Some landlord and business owners have begun seeking proof of status, although asking for written or other evidence might not be legal, and 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 such as 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 certainly produce a simple document that may often satisfy the owner or landlord. Also, when working with public spaces, it is usually easier to give over a document having a simple sentence stating, "This is really a service animal" and letting another party browse the information, as opposed to having a long-winded protracted conversation (or worse yet, argument) in public, with onlookers listening in and gathering round the discussion.
So, perform some people scam the system, or game the law? Sadly, the answer then is "probably yes." In life, there is always room for abuse the ones can try to take advantage of many systems that people 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. As well as the number of people who lie on the tax returns, claim improper tax deductions, abuse shop return policies, or do other bad acts.
But that percentage of abuse, which in service animal laws is hopefully small, could well be a very small investment when compared to the higher goal of promoting access and equality for many.
In the end, you can't control any system to really make it 100% abuse proof. So tolerating the not enough people who scam service animal laws is the price we gladly pay to make sure that the disabled in the great state of California have equal access under law.