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Sadly, some individuals are asking whether "service animal" laws are being abused by those that 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 had to sit near a dog at a restaurant that they don't believe can be a "real" service dog, varieties complain that the neighbors use a pet in the "no pet" building since they claimed the pet is emotional support animal registration.

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

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

For one, it can it harder 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. If your landlord or business proprietor has heard negative stories claiming that some people are abusing the device, it can cause these to look suspiciously at all claimants.

Some landlord and business owners have begun seeking proof of status, even though asking for written or any other evidence might not be legal, and although many owners of legitimate service animals and emotional support animals haven't taken advantage of registering them, and so have no such documentation to create.

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 fundamental to legitimate owners.

Although registration is optional, it will also help shortcut the housing rental and business access issues if the owner can create a simple document that will often fulfill the owner or landlord. Also, when using public spaces, it is often easier to give a document with a simple sentence stating, "This is really 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 regulations? Sadly, the answer is "probably yes." In everyday life, there is always room for abuse and people can attempt to take advantage of many systems that people as a society put in place to protect the rights of people who need such protection. For 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 retail 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 investment when compared to the higher purpose of promoting access and equality for those.

In the end, you can not 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 ensure the disabled within the great condition of California have equal access under law.