Service Animals, Emotional Support Animals, and Guide Dogs2023846
Sadly, many people are asking whether "service animal" laws are increasingly being abused by those that want to scam the device.
There have been news stories, articles, opinion pieces along with other editorials where people rant and complain about people they feel to be abusing the system. You hear some complain that they to sit near your dog at a restaurant they don't believe can be a "real" service dog, varieties complain their neighbors have a pet in a "no pet" building simply because they claimed the animal is how to ask doctor for emotional support animal.
Some of the commentary comes with an indignant tone, plus some people are downright angry.
How does this affect those who legitimately own and employ a service animal to raised their lives? In several ways.
For one, it may it more difficult to navigate bureaucracy around the globe when your claim of a 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 machine, it can cause these phones look suspiciously in any way claimants.
Some landlord and business people have begun seeking proof of status, although asking for written or 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 business owners that make registrations services such as the Service Animal Registry of California so important legitimate owners.
Although registration is optional, it can help shortcut the housing rental and business access issues once the owner can produce a simple document which will often match the owner or landlord. Also, when working with public spaces, it's easier to hand over a document using a simple sentence stating, "This is really a service animal" and letting another party read the information, as opposed to having a long-winded protracted conversation (or worse yet, argument) in public areas, with onlookers listening in and gathering round the discussion.
So, carry out some people scam the system, or game what the law states? Sadly, the reply is "probably yes." In everyday life, there is always room for abuse the ones can try to take advantage of many systems that people as a society set up 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 people that lie on their own 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, might just be a very small investment when compared to the higher purpose of promoting access and equality for all.
In the end, you can't control any system making it 100% abuse proof. So tolerating the few people who scam service animal laws may be the price we gladly pay to ensure the disabled in the great state of California have equal access under law.