Service Animals, Emotional Support, and Guide Dogs6484610
Sadly, many 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 and other editorials where people rant and complain about people they feel to be abusing the system. You hear some complain that they to sit near your pet dog at a restaurant that they don't believe can be a "real" service dog, varieties complain that the neighbors have a pet in a "no pet" building simply because they claimed the animal is esa letter.
A few of the commentary comes with an indignant tone, and a few people are downright angry.
How can this affect those that legitimately own and employ 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 your disability as well as your service or emotional support animal's status is questioned. In case a landlord or business proprietor has heard negative stories claiming that some individuals are abusing the device, it can cause these phones look suspiciously at all claimants.
Some landlord and business people have begun requesting proof of status, although asking for written or another evidence isn't necessarily 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 create.
It is the suspicious attitude and illegal demands of some landlords and companies that make registrations services like the Service Animal Registry of California so important legitimate owners.
Although registration is optional, it can help shortcut the housing rental and business access issues if the owner can certainly produce a simple document that will often satisfy the owner or landlord. Also, when working with public spaces, it's easier to give over a document with a simple sentence stating, "This can be a service animal" and letting one other party see the information, rather than having a long-winded protracted conversation (or worse yet, argument) in public, with onlookers listening in and gathering round the discussion.
So, do some people scam the machine, or game the law? Sadly, the reply is "probably yes." In your life, there is always room for abuse the ones can attempt to take advantage of many systems that people as a society applied to protect the rights of those who need such protection. As an example, many drivers falsely display disabled parking placards to benefit from 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.
However that percentage of abuse, which around service animal laws is hopefully small, might just be a very small investment when compared to the higher purpose of promoting access and equality for all.
In the end, you can't control any system to make it 100% abuse proof. So tolerating the not enough people who scam service animal laws is the price we gladly pay to make sure that the disabled inside the great condition of California have equal access under law.