Service Animals, Emotional Support Animals, and Guide Dogs4915541
Sadly, some people are asking whether "service animal" laws are now being abused by those that 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 they don't believe can be a "real" service dog, forms of languages complain their neighbors have a pet in a "no pet" building simply because they claimed your pet is emotional support animal registration.
A number of the commentary comes with an indignant tone, and a few people are downright angry.
So how exactly does this affect those that legitimately own and use a service animal to raised their lives? In lots of ways.
For one, it may it harder 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. In case a landlord or company owner has heard negative stories claiming that some individuals are abusing the device, it can cause them to look suspiciously in any way claimants.
Some landlord and companies have begun asking for proof of status, despite the fact that asking for written or another evidence is not always legal, and although 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 companies that make registrations services such as the Service Animal Registry of California so fundamental 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 which will often fulfill the owner or landlord. Also, when working with public spaces, it's easier to give over a document with a simple sentence stating, "This can be a service animal" and letting the other party see the information, rather than having a long-winded protracted conversation (or worse, argument) in public places, with onlookers listening in and gathering around the discussion.
So, carry out some people scam the machine, or game what the law states? Sadly, the answer is "probably yes." In everyday life, there is always room for abuse and people can try to take advantage of many systems that people as a society set up to protect the rights of those who need such protection. As an example, 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 own tax returns, claim improper tax deductions, abuse 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 price to pay when compared to the higher purpose of promoting access and equality for all.
In the end, you cannot 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 state of California have equal access under law.