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Sadly, some people are asking whether "service animal" laws are being abused by those who want to scam the machine.

There have been news stories, articles, opinion pieces along with 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 your pet dog at a restaurant that they don't believe is a "real" service dog, varieties complain their neighbors use a pet in the "no pet" building since they claimed your pet is emotional support animal registration.

A number of the commentary posseses an indignant tone, plus some people are downright angry.

How can this affect those that legitimately own and use a service animal to better their lives? In lots of ways.

For one, it may it harder to navigate bureaucracy of the world when your claim of the disability and your service or emotional support animal's status is questioned. In case a landlord or business proprietor has heard negative stories claiming that many people are abusing the system, it can cause them to look suspiciously at all claimants.

Some landlord and business people have begun seeking proof of status, even though asking for written or any other evidence might not be legal, and although many owners of legitimate service animals and emotional support animals never have taken advantage of registering them, and so have no such documentation to make.

It is the suspicious attitude and illegal demands of some landlords and companies that make registrations services just like the Service Animal Registry of California so important legitimate owners.

Although registration is optional, it can benefit shortcut the housing rental and business access issues when the owner can produce a simple document that will often fulfill the owner or landlord. Also, when utilizing public spaces, it is often easier to hand over a document with a simple sentence stating, "This is really a service animal" and letting the other party browse 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, do some people scam the machine, or game regulations? 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 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 folks who 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 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 making it 100% abuse proof. So tolerating the not enough people who scam service animal laws is the price we gladly pay to make sure that the disabled within the great condition of California have equal access under law.