Service Animals, Emotional Support Animals, and Guide Dogs3984586
Sadly, some people are asking whether "service animal" laws are being abused by those who want to scam the device.
There have been news stories, articles, opinion pieces and other editorials where people rant and complain about people they believe to be abusing the system. You hear some complain that they had to sit near your dog at a restaurant they don't believe can be a "real" service dog, varieties complain that their neighbors have a pet inside a "no pet" building since they claimed your pet is emotional support animal letter.
Some of the commentary posseses an indignant tone, and a few people are downright angry.
How does this affect those who legitimately own and employ a service animal to higher their lives? In lots of ways.
For one, it could it harder to navigate bureaucracy of the world when your claim of the disability along with 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 system, it can cause them to look suspiciously at all claimants.
Some landlord and business owners have begun requesting proof of status, despite the fact that asking for written or another evidence might not be legal, although many people who just love legitimate service animals and emotional support animals haven't taken advantage of registering them, and therefore have no such documentation to create.
It is the suspicious attitude and illegal demands of some landlords and business people that make registrations services just like 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 produce a simple document that will often fulfill the owner or landlord. Also, when using public spaces, it is often easier to give a document using a simple sentence stating, "This is really a service animal" and letting the other party browse the information, rather than having a long-winded protracted conversation (or worse, argument) in public areas, with onlookers listening in and gathering across the discussion.
So, perform some people scam the system, or game the law? Sadly, the reply is "probably yes." In life, there is always room for abuse and individuals can make an effort to take advantage of many systems that people as a society put in place to protect the rights of those that need such protection. For instance, many drivers falsely display disabled parking placards to take advantage of free and convenient parking. Not forgetting the number of people who lie on their 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, is arguably a very small price to pay when compared to the higher objective 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 may be the price we gladly pay to ensure that the disabled inside the great state of California have equal access under law.