Service Animals, Emotional Support Animals, and Guide Dogs469650
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 believe to be abusing the device. You hear some complain that they to sit near a dog at a restaurant they don't believe can be a "real" service dog, or others complain that the neighbors have a pet in a "no pet" building simply because they claimed your pet is how to ask doctor for emotional support animal.
Some of the commentary has an indignant tone, and some people are downright angry.
So how exactly does this affect those that legitimately own and employ a service animal to raised their lives? In lots of ways.
For one, it may it more challenging to navigate bureaucracy on the planet when your claim of your 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 some people are abusing the machine, it can cause these phones look suspiciously at all claimants.
Some landlord and companies have begun asking for proof of status, even though asking for written or other 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 therefore 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 vital to legitimate owners.
Although registration is optional, it will also help shortcut the housing rental and business access issues when the owner can certainly produce a simple document that may often fulfill the owner or landlord. Also, when utilizing public spaces, it is usually easier to hand over a document using a simple sentence stating, "This can be a service animal" and letting another party browse the information, instead of having a long-winded protracted conversation (or even worse, argument) in public, with onlookers listening in and gathering around the discussion.
So, do some people scam the device, or game what the law states? Sadly, the reply is "probably yes." In everyday life, there is always room for abuse the ones can make an effort to take advantage of many systems that individuals as a society applied to protect the rights of those who 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 that lie on their own tax returns, claim improper tax deductions, abuse store return policies, or do other bad acts.
But that percentage of abuse, which in service animal laws is hopefully small, is arguably a very small price to pay when compared to the higher goal of promoting access and equality for many.
In the end, you can not control any system to make it 100% abuse proof. So tolerating the few people who scam service animal laws will be the price we gladly pay to ensure the disabled in the great condition of California have equal access under law.