Service Animals, Emotional Support Animals, and Guide Dogs4445737
Sadly, many people are asking whether "service animal" laws are increasingly being abused by those who want to scam the system.
There have been news stories, articles, opinion pieces as well as other editorials where people rant and complain about people they think to be abusing the machine. You hear some complain that they had to sit near your pet dog at a restaurant that they don't believe can be a "real" service dog, or others complain that the neighbors have a pet in a "no pet" building since they claimed the pet is emotional support animal letter.
Some of the commentary comes with an indignant tone, plus 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 several ways.
For one, it can it more challenging 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. In case a landlord or business proprietor has heard negative stories claiming that many people are abusing the machine, it can cause these to look suspiciously at all claimants.
Some landlord and companies have begun requesting proof of status, despite the fact that asking for written or any other evidence isn't necessarily legal, although many those who own legitimate service animals and emotional support animals never have taken advantage of registering them, and so have no such documentation to produce.
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 important legitimate owners.
Although registration is optional, it can benefit shortcut the housing rental and business access issues if the owner can produce a simple document that will often match the owner or landlord. Also, when using public spaces, it is often easier to give a document with a simple sentence stating, "This is a service animal" and letting the other party browse the information, as opposed to having a long-winded protracted conversation (or even worse, argument) in public places, with onlookers listening in and gathering around the discussion.
So, perform some people scam the device, or game regulations? Sadly, the answer is "probably yes." In your life, there is always room for abuse and people can make an effort to take advantage of many systems that people as a society applied to protect the rights of those that need such protection. For example, many drivers falsely display disabled parking placards to benefit from free and convenient parking. Not forgetting the number of folks who lie on their own tax returns, claim improper tax deductions, abuse retail store return policies, or do other bad acts.
However that percentage of abuse, which in the area of service animal laws is hopefully small, is arguably a very small investment when compared to the higher purpose of promoting access and equality for those.
In the end, you can not 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 in the great state of California have equal access under law.