Service Animals, Emotional Support Animals, and Guide Dogs5637117
Sadly, some people are asking whether "service animal" laws are now being abused by people 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 that they had to sit near your pet dog at a restaurant that they don't believe is really a "real" service dog, varieties complain their neighbors use a pet in the "no pet" building simply because they claimed the pet is emotional support animal letter.
A number of the commentary posseses an indignant tone, plus some people are downright angry.
How does this affect people who legitimately own and make use of a service animal to better their lives? In lots of ways.
For one, it can it harder to navigate bureaucracy on the planet when your claim of your 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 in any way claimants.
Some landlord and business people have begun requesting proof of status, despite the fact that asking for written or another evidence is not always legal, although many those who own legitimate service animals and emotional support animals never have taken advantage of registering them, and so have no such documentation to create.
It is the suspicious attitude and illegal demands of some landlords and business owners that make registrations services like the Service Animal Registry of California so important legitimate owners.
Although registration is optional, it can benefit shortcut the housing rental and business access issues when the owner can create a simple document that will often satisfy the owner or landlord. Also, when utilizing public spaces, it's easier to hand over a document with a simple sentence stating, "This is a service animal" and letting another party browse the information, rather than having a long-winded protracted conversation (or worse yet, argument) in public areas, with onlookers listening in and gathering around the discussion.
So, do some people scam the machine, or game what the law states? Sadly, the reply is "probably yes." In your life, there is always room for abuse and people can make an effort 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 the tax returns, claim improper tax deductions, abuse shop return policies, or do other bad acts.
But that percentage of abuse, which around service animal laws is hopefully small, could well be a very small investment when compared to the higher purpose 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 will be the price we gladly pay to make sure that the disabled in the great condition of California have equal access under law.