Service Animals, Emotional Support Animals, and Guide Dogs4892678

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Sadly, many people are asking whether "service animal" laws are increasingly being abused by those that 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 device. You hear some complain that they had to sit near a dog at a restaurant they don't believe is really a "real" service dog, varieties complain that the neighbors have a pet in a "no pet" building since they claimed the pet is how to ask doctor for emotional support animal.

A few of the commentary posseses an indignant tone, and a few people are downright angry.

So how exactly does this affect those that legitimately own and make use of a service animal to higher their lives? In lots of ways.

For one, it can it harder to navigate bureaucracy around the globe 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 many people are abusing the device, it can cause these to look suspiciously whatsoever claimants.

Some landlord and business owners have begun requesting proof of status, although asking for written or any other evidence is not always legal, and even though many owners of legitimate service animals and emotional support animals never have taken advantage of registering them, and thus 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 fundamental to legitimate owners.

Although registration is optional, it can benefit shortcut the housing rental and business access issues if the owner can certainly produce a simple document that will often satisfy 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 another party see the information, instead of having a long-winded protracted conversation (or worse, argument) in public places, with onlookers listening in and gathering across the discussion.

So, perform some people scam the device, or game the law? Sadly, the answer is "probably yes." In life, there is always room for abuse and individuals can attempt to take advantage of many systems that people as a society set up to protect the rights of those who need such protection. For example, 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 retail store return policies, or do other bad acts.

But 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 all.

In the end, you cannot control any system making it 100% abuse proof. So tolerating the few individuals who scam service animal laws is the price we gladly pay to ensure that the disabled in the great state of California have equal access under law.