Service Animals, Emotional Support, and Guide Dogs9597237
Sadly, some individuals are asking whether "service animal" laws are being abused by people who want to scam the device.
There have been news stories, articles, opinion pieces as well as 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 your dog at a restaurant which they don't believe is a "real" service dog, or others complain that their neighbors have a pet inside a "no pet" building simply because they claimed your pet is esa doctors.
A number of the commentary has an indignant tone, and some people are downright angry.
So how exactly does this affect those who legitimately own and make use of a service animal to raised their lives? In several ways.
For one, it can it more difficult to navigate bureaucracy on the planet when your claim of your disability and your service or emotional support animal's status is questioned. If a landlord or company owner has heard negative stories claiming that some people are abusing the device, it can cause them to look suspiciously in any way claimants.
Some landlord and business people have begun requesting proof of status, even though asking for written or any other evidence is not always legal, and although many owners of legitimate service animals and emotional support animals haven't 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 business owners that make registrations services just 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 when 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 hand over a document using a simple sentence stating, "This is a service animal" and letting one other party see the information, instead of having a long-winded protracted conversation (or worse, argument) in public areas, with onlookers listening in and gathering around the discussion.
So, perform some people scam the system, or game what the law states? Sadly, the answer is "probably yes." In everyday life, there is always room for abuse and individuals can try to take advantage of many systems that individuals as a society set up to protect the rights of people who 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 retail store return policies, or do other bad acts.
But that percentage of abuse, which in 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 can't control any system to make it 100% abuse proof. So tolerating the few people who scam service animal laws will be the price we gladly pay to make sure that the disabled in the great condition of California have equal access under law.