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Sadly, some people are asking whether "service animal" laws are now being abused by those that 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 believe to be abusing the machine. You hear some complain they had to sit near your dog at a restaurant that they don't believe is really a "real" service dog, or others complain that their neighbors have a pet in the "no pet" building simply because they claimed the animal is emotional support animal letter.

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

So how exactly does this affect people who legitimately own and use a service animal to raised their lives? In several ways.

For one, it can it more challenging to navigate bureaucracy on the planet when your claim of the disability as well as your service or emotional support animal's status is questioned. In case a landlord or business owner has heard negative stories claiming that many people are abusing the system, it can cause these phones look suspiciously in any way claimants.

Some landlord and companies have begun asking for proof of status, even though asking for written or another 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 create.

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 will also help shortcut the housing rental and business access issues when the owner can certainly produce a simple document that will often fulfill the owner or landlord. Also, when working with public spaces, it is usually easier to hand over a document having a simple sentence stating, "This is really a service animal" and letting the other party read the information, as opposed to having a long-winded protracted conversation (or worse, argument) in public, with onlookers listening in and gathering round the discussion.

So, carry out some people scam the machine, or game what the law states? Sadly, the answer then is "probably yes." In life, there is always room for abuse and individuals can try to take advantage of many systems that people as a society put in place to protect the rights of those that need such protection. As an example, many drivers falsely display disabled parking placards to take advantage of free and convenient parking. As well as the number of people who lie on their tax returns, claim improper tax deductions, abuse shop return policies, or do other bad acts.

But that percentage of abuse, which in the area of service animal laws is hopefully small, might just be 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 to make it 100% abuse proof. So tolerating the few individuals who scam service animal laws will be the price we gladly pay to ensure that the disabled inside the great condition of California have equal access under law.