Service Animals, Emotional Support, and Guide Dogs2530784
Sadly, some people are asking whether "service animal" laws are increasingly being abused by those who want to scam the device.
There have been news stories, articles, opinion pieces and other editorials where people rant and complain about people they feel to be abusing the device. You hear some complain they had to sit near your dog at a restaurant which they don't believe is a "real" service dog, or others complain that their neighbors use a pet inside a "no pet" building simply because they claimed your pet is emotional support animal.
A few of the commentary posseses an indignant tone, plus some people are downright angry.
How can this affect those that legitimately own and employ a service animal to higher their lives? In several ways.
For one, it could it more difficult to navigate bureaucracy of the world when your claim of your disability and 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 phones look suspiciously at all claimants.
Some landlord and business owners have begun requesting proof of status, despite the fact that asking for written or another evidence might not be legal, and even though many people who just love legitimate service animals and emotional support animals haven't taken advantage of registering them, and thus 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 will also help shortcut the housing rental and business access issues once the owner can create a simple document that may often satisfy the owner or landlord. Also, when using public spaces, it is usually easier to give a document using 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 worse yet, argument) in public, with onlookers listening in and gathering round the discussion.
So, carry out some people scam the system, or game the law? Sadly, the answer then is "probably yes." In everyday life, there is always room for abuse the ones can attempt to take advantage of many systems that individuals as a society put in place to protect the rights of people who need such protection. For instance, many drivers falsely display disabled parking placards to take advantage of free and convenient parking. Not to mention the number of people that lie on their tax returns, claim improper tax deductions, abuse store return policies, or do other bad acts.
But that percentage of abuse, which around service animal laws is hopefully small, might just be a very small price to pay when compared to the higher goal of promoting access and equality for those.
In the end, you can't control any system to make it 100% abuse proof. So tolerating the few people who scam service animal laws will be the price we gladly pay to make sure that the disabled inside the great state of California have equal access under law.