Service Animals, Emotional Support, and Guide Dogs8289735
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 as well as other editorials where people rant and complain about people they believe to be abusing the device. You hear some complain they had to sit near your pet dog at a restaurant which they don't believe is a "real" service dog, varieties complain that the neighbors have a pet in a "no pet" building because they claimed the animal is esa doctors.
A few of the commentary has an indignant tone, and a few people are downright angry.
How does this affect those that legitimately own and employ a service animal to raised their lives? In lots of ways.
For one, it may it more difficult to navigate bureaucracy of the world when your claim of the disability as well as your service or emotional support animal's status is questioned. If a landlord or business owner has heard negative stories claiming that some individuals are abusing the system, it can cause them to look suspiciously at all claimants.
Some landlord and companies have begun seeking proof of status, although asking for written or any other evidence might not be legal, and even though many people who just love legitimate service animals and emotional support animals never have taken advantage of registering them, and therefore have no such documentation to produce.
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 important legitimate owners.
Although registration is optional, it can help shortcut the housing rental and business access issues if the owner can produce a simple document which will often satisfy the owner or landlord. Also, when utilizing public spaces, it is often easier to hand over a document using a simple sentence stating, "This is really a service animal" and letting the other party browse the information, as opposed to 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 machine, or game regulations? Sadly, the answer is "probably yes." In your life, there is always room for abuse and individuals can attempt to take advantage of many systems that people as a society applied to protect the rights of those that need such protection. For example, many drivers falsely display disabled parking placards to benefit from free and convenient parking. As well as the number of people that lie on their own 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, 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 making it 100% abuse proof. So tolerating the few people who scam service animal laws is the price we gladly pay to ensure the disabled within the great condition of California have equal access under law.