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Sadly, some individuals are asking whether "service animal" laws are now being abused by those that want to scam the system.

There have been news stories, articles, opinion pieces and other editorials where people rant and complain about people they feel to be abusing the device. You hear some complain that they to sit near a dog at a restaurant which they don't believe is really a "real" service dog, or others complain that their neighbors use a pet inside a "no pet" building because they claimed the pet is emotional support animal letter.

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

So how exactly does this affect those who legitimately own and employ a service animal to raised their lives? In lots of ways.

For one, it may 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 a landlord or business proprietor has heard negative stories claiming that many people are abusing the system, it can cause these phones look suspiciously in any way claimants.

Some landlord and companies have begun asking for proof of status, although asking for written or any other evidence might not be legal, and even though many those who own legitimate service animals and emotional support animals have not 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 just like the Service Animal Registry of California so vital to legitimate owners.

Although registration is optional, it will also help shortcut the housing rental and business access issues once the owner can create a simple document that may often fulfill the owner or landlord. Also, when using public spaces, it is usually easier to give over a document having a simple sentence stating, "This can be a service animal" and letting another party see the information, rather than having a long-winded protracted conversation (or even worse, argument) in public areas, with onlookers listening in and gathering across the discussion.

So, perform some people scam the system, or game what the law states? Sadly, the answer is "probably yes." In life, there is always room for abuse and individuals can try to take advantage of many systems that people as a society applied to protect the rights of those that need such protection. For instance, many drivers falsely display disabled parking placards to benefit from free and convenient parking. As well as the number of people 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 price to pay when compared to the higher purpose of promoting access and equality for many.

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