Service Animals, Emotional Support, and Guide Dogs4802501
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 along with other editorials where people rant and complain about people they feel to be abusing the device. You hear some complain that they had to sit near a dog at a restaurant that they don't believe is a "real" service dog, varieties complain that the neighbors possess a pet in the "no pet" building since they claimed the animal is emotional support animal registration.
A few of the commentary comes with an indignant tone, plus some people are downright angry.
So how exactly does this affect people who legitimately own and use a service animal to better their lives? In many ways.
For one, it can it more challenging to navigate bureaucracy of the world when your claim of the disability along with your service or emotional support animal's status is questioned. In case a landlord or business owner has heard negative stories claiming that some people are abusing the system, it can cause them to look suspiciously whatsoever claimants.
Some landlord and companies have begun asking for proof of status, even though asking for written or any other evidence is not always legal, although many those who own legitimate service animals and emotional support animals never have 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 like the Service Animal Registry of California so vital to legitimate owners.
Although registration is optional, it can help shortcut the housing rental and business access issues once the owner can certainly produce a simple document which will often fulfill the owner or landlord. Also, when utilizing public spaces, it is often easier to give over a document having a simple sentence stating, "This is a service animal" and letting another party browse the information, as opposed to having a long-winded protracted conversation (or worse, argument) in public, with onlookers listening in and gathering across the discussion.
So, perform some people scam the machine, or game what the law states? Sadly, the reply is "probably yes." In your life, there is always room for abuse and individuals can try to take advantage of many systems that people as a society applied to protect the rights of people who need such protection. For example, many drivers falsely display disabled parking placards to benefit from free and convenient parking. Not to mention the number of people who lie on their own tax returns, claim improper tax deductions, abuse shop return policies, or do other bad acts.
However that percentage of abuse, which in the area of 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 can't control any system making it 100% abuse proof. So tolerating the few people who scam service animal laws may be the price we gladly pay to make sure that the disabled inside the great state of California have equal access under law.