Service Animals, Emotional Support Animals, and Guide Dogs7967989
Sadly, some individuals 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 along with other editorials where people rant and complain about people they believe to be abusing the machine. You hear some complain that they to sit near your dog at a restaurant they don't believe can be a "real" service dog, or others complain that the neighbors have a pet inside a "no pet" building since they claimed the animal is esa doctors.
A number of the commentary comes with an indignant tone, and some people are downright angry.
So how exactly does this affect those who legitimately own and make use of a service animal to higher their lives? In lots of ways.
For one, it could it more challenging to navigate bureaucracy of the world when your claim of your 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 many people are abusing the machine, it can cause these phones look suspiciously at all claimants.
Some landlord and business owners have begun seeking proof of status, even though asking for written or other evidence is not always legal, and even though many people who just love legitimate service animals and emotional support animals have not 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 people that make registrations services such as 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 may often match the owner or landlord. Also, when working with public spaces, it is often easier to give a document with a simple sentence stating, "This can be a service animal" and letting one other party browse the information, instead of having a long-winded protracted conversation (or worse, argument) in public, with onlookers listening in and gathering round the discussion.
So, perform some people scam the machine, or game the law? Sadly, the answer then is "probably yes." In your life, there is always room for abuse and people can make an effort to take advantage of many systems that individuals as a society set up to protect the rights of those who need such protection. For 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.
But that percentage of abuse, which in the area of 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 few individuals who scam service animal laws will be the price we gladly pay to ensure that the disabled in the great state of California have equal access under law.