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Sadly, some individuals 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 as well as 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 a dog at a restaurant which they don't believe can be a "real" service dog, forms of languages complain their neighbors have a pet inside a "no pet" building simply because they claimed your pet is emotional support animal.

Some of the commentary posseses an indignant tone, and a few people are downright angry.

How can this affect people who legitimately own and make use of a service animal to raised their lives? In several ways.

For one, it may it harder to navigate bureaucracy on the planet when your claim of the disability as well as your service or emotional support animal's status is questioned. In case a landlord or business owner has heard negative stories claiming that some individuals are abusing the device, it can cause them to look suspiciously whatsoever claimants.

Some landlord and business owners have begun asking for proof of status, despite the fact that asking for written or any other evidence might not be legal, and even though many people who just love legitimate service animals and emotional support animals never have taken advantage of registering them, and thus have no such documentation to create.

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 important legitimate owners.

Although registration is optional, it will also help shortcut the housing rental and business access issues when the owner can produce a simple document that may often satisfy the owner or landlord. Also, when working with public spaces, it's easier to hand over a document with a simple sentence stating, "This can be a service animal" and letting another party read the information, rather than having a long-winded protracted conversation (or even 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 make an effort to take advantage of many systems that people as a society set up to protect the rights of those that need such protection. As an 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 store return policies, or do other bad acts.

But that percentage of abuse, which in the area of service animal laws is hopefully small, could well be 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 individuals who scam service animal laws is the price we gladly pay to ensure the disabled within the great condition of California have equal access under law.