Service Animals, Emotional Support Animals, and Guide Dogs4706523
Sadly, many people are asking whether "service animal" laws are being abused by those who 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 think to be abusing the device. 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 their neighbors use a pet in a "no pet" building simply because they claimed your pet is esa doctors.
Some of the commentary has an indignant tone, and a few people are downright angry.
How does this affect those that legitimately own and use a service animal to raised their lives? In several ways.
For one, it can it more difficult to navigate bureaucracy on the planet when your claim of a disability along with your service or emotional support animal's status is questioned. If your landlord or business owner has heard negative stories claiming that many people are abusing the system, 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 any other evidence might not be legal, and even though many owners of legitimate service animals and emotional support animals never have taken advantage of registering them, and so have no such documentation to produce.
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 fundamental to legitimate owners.
Although registration is optional, it will also help shortcut the housing rental and business access issues if 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 hand over a document using a simple sentence stating, "This is a service animal" and letting another party browse the information, as opposed to having a long-winded protracted conversation (or worse yet, argument) in public, with onlookers listening in and gathering around the discussion.
So, perform some people scam the machine, or game the law? Sadly, the reply is "probably yes." In life, there is always room for abuse and people can make an effort to take advantage of many systems that people as a society applied to protect the rights of those that need such protection. As an example, many drivers falsely display disabled parking placards to take advantage of free and convenient parking. Not to mention the number of folks who lie on their own tax returns, claim improper tax deductions, abuse store return policies, or do other bad acts.
However that percentage of abuse, which in service animal laws is hopefully small, is arguably a very small price to pay when compared to the higher goal of promoting access and equality for all.
In the end, you cannot control any system making it 100% abuse proof. So tolerating the few individuals who scam service animal laws is the price we gladly pay to make sure that the disabled within the great state of California have equal access under law.