Service Animals, Emotional Support Animals, and Guide Dogs3012742
Sadly, some people are asking whether "service animal" laws are increasingly being abused by those 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 they had to sit near your dog at a restaurant that they don't believe is a "real" service dog, forms of languages complain their neighbors have a pet in a "no pet" building because they claimed the animal is esa doctors.
Some of the commentary posseses an indignant tone, and a few people are downright angry.
How can this affect those that legitimately own and use a service animal to raised their lives? In several ways.
For one, it may it more challenging to navigate bureaucracy on the planet when your claim of the disability and your service or emotional support animal's status is questioned. In case a landlord or business proprietor has heard negative stories claiming that many people are abusing the device, it can cause these to look suspiciously whatsoever claimants.
Some landlord and business people have begun asking for proof of status, although asking for written or another evidence might not be legal, and although many those who own legitimate service animals and emotional support animals haven't taken advantage of registering them, and thus have no such documentation to produce.
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 vital to legitimate owners.
Although registration is optional, it can help shortcut the housing rental and business access issues when the owner can create a simple document which will often fulfill the owner or landlord. Also, when using public spaces, it is usually easier to give over a document having a simple sentence stating, "This is really a service animal" and letting the other party see the information, instead of having a long-winded protracted conversation (or even worse, argument) in public, with onlookers listening in and gathering around the discussion.
So, carry out some people scam the device, or game what the law states? Sadly, the reply is "probably yes." In your life, there is always room for abuse and individuals can attempt to take advantage of many systems that we as a society applied to protect the rights of people who need such protection. As an example, many drivers falsely display disabled parking placards to take advantage of free and convenient parking. Not forgetting the number of people that lie on their own tax returns, claim improper tax deductions, abuse shop 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 many.
In the end, you cannot control any system making it 100% abuse proof. So tolerating the few people who scam service animal laws may be the price we gladly pay to ensure the disabled within the great condition of California have equal access under law.