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Sadly, some individuals are asking whether "service animal" laws are increasingly being abused by those who want to scam the machine.

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 system. You hear some complain they had to sit near your dog at a restaurant which they don't believe is really a "real" service dog, varieties complain that the neighbors possess a pet in a "no pet" building simply because they claimed your pet is esa doctors.

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

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

For one, it may it harder to navigate bureaucracy of the world when your claim of your 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 system, it can cause them to look suspiciously in any way claimants.

Some landlord and companies have begun seeking proof of status, even though asking for written or other evidence might not be legal, and although many people who just love legitimate service animals and emotional support animals never have taken advantage of registering them, and therefore 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 vital to legitimate owners.

Although registration is optional, it can benefit shortcut the housing rental and business access issues once the owner can create a simple document that may often match the owner or landlord. Also, when working with public spaces, it is usually easier to hand over a document using a simple sentence stating, "This can be a service animal" and letting another party read the information, instead of having a long-winded protracted conversation (or worse, argument) in public, with onlookers listening in and gathering round the discussion.

So, carry out some people scam the machine, or game the law? Sadly, the reply is "probably yes." In everyday life, there is always room for abuse the ones can make an effort to take advantage of many systems that people as a society set up to protect the rights of those 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 that lie on their tax returns, claim improper tax deductions, abuse shop return policies, or do other bad acts.

But 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 goal of promoting access and equality for all.

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