Service Animals, Emotional Support, and Guide Dogs4727388
Sadly, some individuals are asking whether "service animal" laws are increasingly being abused by people who want to scam the machine.
There have been news stories, articles, opinion pieces and other editorials where people rant and complain about people they believe to be abusing the device. 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 in the "no pet" building simply because they claimed the animal is how to ask doctor for emotional support animal.
A number of the commentary has an indignant tone, and some people are downright angry.
How can this affect those who legitimately own and employ a service animal to raised their lives? In several ways.
For one, it could it more difficult to navigate bureaucracy of the world when your claim of the 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 some individuals are abusing the system, it can cause these phones look suspiciously at all claimants.
Some landlord and companies have begun requesting proof of status, although asking for written or other evidence isn't necessarily legal, and although many those who own legitimate service animals and emotional support animals haven't taken advantage of registering them, and thus have no such documentation to make.
It is the suspicious attitude and illegal demands of some landlords and business owners that make registrations services just 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 when the owner can certainly produce a simple document that may often match the owner or landlord. Also, when working with public spaces, it is often easier to give over a document with a simple sentence stating, "This is really a service animal" and letting one other party browse the information, rather than having a long-winded protracted conversation (or even worse, argument) in public places, with onlookers listening in and gathering round the discussion.
So, do some people scam the machine, or game what the law states? Sadly, the answer then is "probably yes." In your life, there is always room for abuse the ones can try to take advantage of many systems that individuals as a society applied 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 people that lie on the 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, might just be a very small price to pay when compared to the higher goal of promoting access and equality for all.
In the end, you cannot control any system to really make it 100% abuse proof. So tolerating the not enough people who scam service animal laws may be the price we gladly pay to make sure that the disabled in the great state of California have equal access under law.