Service Animals, Emotional Support Animals, and Guide Dogs7128054
Sadly, some people are asking whether "service animal" laws are being abused by people who want to scam the device.
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 they had to sit near your dog at a restaurant that they don't believe can be a "real" service dog, or others complain that their neighbors possess a pet inside a "no pet" building simply because they claimed the pet is emotional support animal registration.
A number of the commentary comes with an indignant tone, plus some people are downright angry.
How does this affect those who legitimately own and use a service animal to better their lives? In several ways.
For one, it could it more difficult to navigate bureaucracy on the planet when your claim of your disability and your service or emotional support animal's status is questioned. If your landlord or business owner has heard negative stories claiming that many people are abusing the machine, 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 other evidence might not be legal, and although many owners of legitimate service animals and emotional support animals have not taken advantage of registering them, and therefore have no such documentation to make.
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 vital to legitimate owners.
Although registration is optional, it can benefit 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 is usually easier to give over a document having a simple sentence stating, "This is a service animal" and letting the other party see the information, instead of having a long-winded protracted conversation (or even worse, argument) in public places, with onlookers listening in and gathering round the discussion.
So, carry out some people scam the device, or game the law? Sadly, the reply is "probably yes." In life, there is always room for abuse the ones can try to take advantage of many systems that people as a society put in place to protect the rights of those who need such protection. For instance, many drivers falsely display disabled parking placards to take advantage of free and convenient parking. Not forgetting the number of people that lie on the tax returns, claim improper tax deductions, abuse shop return policies, or do other bad acts.
But that percentage of abuse, which around service animal laws is hopefully small, is arguably a very small investment when compared to the higher purpose of promoting access and equality for those.
In the end, you can't control any system to really make 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.