Service Animals, Emotional Support Animals, and Guide Dogs7156417
Sadly, many people are asking whether "service animal" laws are now being abused by people who want to scam the system.
There have been news stories, articles, opinion pieces and other editorials where people rant and complain about people they believe to be abusing the device. You hear some complain that they to sit near your pet dog at a restaurant which they don't believe can be a "real" service dog, or others complain their neighbors use a pet in the "no pet" building since they claimed the pet is esa letter.
A number of the commentary posseses an indignant tone, and a few people are downright angry.
How can this affect people who legitimately own and use a service animal to higher their lives? In lots of ways.
For one, it can it more difficult to navigate bureaucracy around the globe when your claim of a 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 some individuals are abusing the system, it can cause these to look suspiciously at all claimants.
Some landlord and companies have begun asking for proof of status, although 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 therefore have no such documentation to create.
It is the suspicious attitude and illegal demands of some landlords and business owners that make registrations services such as the Service Animal Registry of California so fundamental to 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 which will often satisfy the owner or landlord. Also, when working with public spaces, it's easier to give over a document having a simple sentence stating, "This can be a service animal" and letting another party browse the information, rather than having a long-winded protracted conversation (or worse, argument) in public places, with onlookers listening in and gathering round the discussion.
So, perform some people scam the device, or game what the law states? Sadly, the reply is "probably yes." In everyday life, there is always room for abuse the ones can try to take advantage of many systems that individuals as a society put in place to protect the rights of those who 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 folks who lie on their tax returns, claim improper tax deductions, abuse retail store return policies, or do other bad acts.
However that percentage of abuse, which around service animal laws is hopefully small, could well be a very small price to pay when compared to the higher objective of promoting access and equality for those.
In the end, you can not control any system to really make it 100% abuse proof. So tolerating the not enough people who scam service animal laws may be the price we gladly pay to make sure that the disabled in the great state of California have equal access under law.