Service Animals, Emotional Support Animals, and Guide Dogs5403972
Sadly, many people are asking whether "service animal" laws are increasingly being abused by those that 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 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 is really a "real" service dog, or others complain that the neighbors have a pet inside a "no pet" building simply because they claimed your pet is emotional support animal letter.
Some of the commentary posseses 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 higher their lives? In lots of ways.
For one, it could it harder 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 business proprietor has heard negative stories claiming that some people are abusing the system, it can cause these phones look suspiciously at all claimants.
Some landlord and companies have begun seeking proof of status, despite the fact that asking for written or other evidence is not always legal, and although many owners of legitimate service animals and emotional support animals have not 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 people that make registrations services such as the Service Animal Registry of California so important legitimate owners.
Although registration is optional, it can help shortcut the housing rental and business access issues once the owner can certainly produce a simple document which will often satisfy the owner or landlord. Also, when using public spaces, it's easier to give a document with a simple sentence stating, "This can be a service animal" and letting one other party see the information, instead of having a long-winded protracted conversation (or even worse, argument) in public, with onlookers listening in and gathering round the discussion.
So, perform some people scam the system, or game the law? Sadly, the answer then is "probably yes." In life, there is always room for abuse and individuals can attempt to take advantage of many systems that individuals as a society applied 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. Not forgetting the number of folks who 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 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 many.
In the end, you can not control any system making it 100% abuse proof. So tolerating the not enough people who scam service animal laws will be the price we gladly pay to make sure that the disabled in the great condition of California have equal access under law.