Service Animals, Emotional Support Animals, and Guide Dogs459674
Sadly, many people are asking whether "service animal" laws are being abused by those who 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 machine. You hear some complain that they had to sit near your pet dog at a restaurant that they don't believe is a "real" service dog, forms of languages complain their neighbors use a pet in the "no pet" building since they claimed the animal is esa doctors.
A few of the commentary posseses an indignant tone, and some people are downright angry.
So how exactly does this affect those who legitimately own and make use of a service animal to better their lives? In several ways.
For one, it could it more difficult to navigate bureaucracy of the world when your claim of a disability as well as your service or emotional support animal's status is questioned. If your landlord or company owner has heard negative stories claiming that some people are abusing the system, it can cause them to look suspiciously in any way claimants.
Some landlord and companies have begun asking for proof of status, although asking for written or other evidence might not be legal, and even though many owners of 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 business owners 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 which will often satisfy the owner or landlord. Also, when working with public spaces, it's easier to give a document with a simple sentence stating, "This is really a service animal" and letting another party see the information, as opposed to having a long-winded protracted conversation (or 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 reply is "probably yes." In life, there is always room for abuse the ones can attempt 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 take advantage of free and convenient parking. Not to mention the number of folks who lie on their tax returns, claim improper tax deductions, abuse store return policies, or do other bad acts.
But that percentage of abuse, which around service animal laws is hopefully small, might just be a very small price to pay when compared to the higher objective of promoting access and equality for all.
In the end, you can not control any system to really make 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 within the great state of California have equal access under law.