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Sadly, many people are asking whether "service animal" laws are now being abused by people 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 believe to be abusing the device. You hear some complain that they had to sit near your dog at a restaurant they don't believe is a "real" service dog, or others complain that the neighbors possess a pet in the "no pet" building since they claimed the pet is esa letter.

A number of the commentary has an indignant tone, and a few people are downright angry.

So how exactly does this affect people who legitimately own and use a service animal to raised their lives? In lots of ways.

For one, it may it harder to navigate bureaucracy of the world when your claim of a disability along with 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 device, it can cause these to look suspiciously in any way claimants.

Some landlord and business owners have begun asking for proof of status, despite the fact that asking for written or another evidence might not be legal, 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 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 vital to legitimate owners.

Although registration is optional, it can benefit shortcut the housing rental and business access issues once the owner can certainly produce a simple document that may often satisfy the owner or landlord. Also, when using public spaces, it is often easier to give over a document having a simple sentence stating, "This can be a service animal" and letting another party see the information, instead of having a long-winded protracted conversation (or worse yet, argument) in public, with onlookers listening in and gathering around the discussion.

So, do some people scam the device, or game regulations? Sadly, the answer is "probably yes." In life, there is always room for abuse the ones can make an effort to take advantage of many systems that we 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 folks who lie on their tax returns, claim improper tax deductions, abuse shop return policies, or do other bad acts.

But that percentage of abuse, which around service animal laws is hopefully small, could well be a very small price to pay when compared to the higher goal of promoting access and equality for all.

In the end, you can't 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 make sure that the disabled in the great state of California have equal access under law.