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Sadly, some individuals are asking whether "service animal" laws are now being abused by those 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 feel to be abusing the machine. You hear some complain they had to sit near your dog at a restaurant which they don't believe is a "real" service dog, or others complain their neighbors possess a pet in the "no pet" building simply because they claimed the pet is emotional support animal.

Some of the commentary comes with an indignant tone, and some people are downright angry.

So how exactly does this affect people who legitimately own and employ a service animal to better their lives? In several ways.

For one, it may 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 people are abusing the system, it can cause them to look suspiciously in any way claimants.

Some landlord and business people have begun seeking proof of status, even though asking for written or any other evidence is not always legal, and even though many owners of legitimate service animals and emotional support animals never have taken advantage of registering them, and thus 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 will also help shortcut the housing rental and business access issues when the owner can certainly produce a simple document which will often match the owner or landlord. Also, when using public spaces, it is usually easier to give over a document using a simple sentence stating, "This can be a service animal" and letting one other party see the information, instead of having a long-winded protracted conversation (or even worse, argument) in public areas, with onlookers listening in and gathering around the discussion.

So, perform some people scam the machine, or game what the law states? Sadly, the reply is "probably yes." In life, there is always room for abuse the ones can attempt to take advantage of many systems that individuals 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 forgetting the number of people who lie on the tax returns, claim improper tax deductions, abuse store return policies, or do other bad acts.

However 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 purpose of promoting access and equality for those.

In the end, you can't control any system to make it 100% abuse proof. So tolerating the few individuals who scam service animal laws is the price we gladly pay to ensure the disabled inside the great state of California have equal access under law.