Service Animals, Emotional Support Animals, and Guide Dogs9300772
Sadly, many people are asking whether "service animal" laws are being abused by people who want to scam the device.
There have been news stories, articles, opinion pieces along with other editorials where people rant and complain about people they feel to be abusing the system. You hear some complain they had to sit near a dog at a restaurant they don't believe is a "real" service dog, forms of languages complain their neighbors use a pet in a "no pet" building simply because they claimed your pet is emotional support animal letter.
A number of the commentary comes with an indignant tone, plus some people are downright angry.
How does this affect those who legitimately own and make use of a service animal to raised their lives? In several ways.
For one, it could it more challenging to navigate bureaucracy around the globe when your claim of the disability as well as your service or emotional support animal's status is questioned. In case a landlord or company owner has heard negative stories claiming that many people are abusing the system, it can cause them to look suspiciously in any way claimants.
Some landlord and business people have begun seeking proof of status, even though asking for written or another evidence is not always legal, and although many people who just love 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 business people that make registrations services just like the Service Animal Registry of California so vital to legitimate owners.
Although registration is optional, it will also help shortcut the housing rental and business access issues if the owner can certainly produce a simple document that may often match the owner or landlord. Also, when working with public spaces, it is usually easier to hand over a document having a simple sentence stating, "This can be a service animal" and letting another party see the information, instead of having a long-winded protracted conversation (or worse, argument) in public places, with onlookers listening in and gathering around the discussion.
So, perform some people scam the system, or game regulations? Sadly, the reply is "probably yes." In everyday life, there is always room for abuse and individuals can attempt to take advantage of many systems that people as a society set up to protect the rights of people who need such protection. For 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 retail store return policies, or do other bad acts.
But that percentage of abuse, which in 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 not control any system to really make it 100% abuse proof. So tolerating the few individuals who scam service animal laws will be the price we gladly pay to ensure the disabled in the great condition of California have equal access under law.