Service Animals, Emotional Support Animals, and Guide Dogs4545650
Sadly, some individuals 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 as well as other editorials where people rant and complain about people they think to be abusing the device. You hear some complain they had to sit near your dog at a restaurant they don't believe is a "real" service dog, or others complain that their neighbors have a pet inside a "no pet" building since they claimed your pet is esa letter.
A few of the commentary has an indignant tone, and some people are downright angry.
So how exactly does this affect those who legitimately own and use a service animal to raised their lives? In several ways.
For one, it could it more difficult to navigate bureaucracy of the world when your claim of a disability and 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 device, it can cause them to look suspiciously whatsoever claimants.
Some landlord and business people have begun seeking proof of status, despite the fact that asking for written or another evidence is not always legal, and even though many those who own legitimate service animals and emotional support animals haven't 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 companies that make registrations services such as 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 create a simple document that may often match the owner or landlord. Also, when working with public spaces, it's easier to give over a document using a simple sentence stating, "This can be a service animal" and letting the other party browse the information, rather than 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 device, or game regulations? Sadly, the answer then is "probably yes." In life, there is always room for abuse and people can try to take advantage of many systems that individuals as a society set up to protect the rights of people who 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 that lie on their tax returns, claim improper tax deductions, abuse shop return policies, or do other bad acts.
However that percentage of abuse, which in the area of service animal laws is hopefully small, might just be a very small price to pay when compared to the higher goal of promoting access and equality for those.
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 inside the great state of California have equal access under law.