Service Animals, Emotional Support, and Guide Dogs2766227
Sadly, some individuals are asking whether "service animal" laws are increasingly being abused by those that want to scam the system.
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 system. You hear some complain they had to sit near your pet dog at a restaurant which they don't believe can be a "real" service dog, varieties complain that the neighbors have a pet inside a "no pet" building because they claimed your pet is emotional support animal.
A number of the commentary posseses an indignant tone, plus some people are downright angry.
How does this affect those who legitimately own and employ a service animal to higher their lives? In lots of ways.
For one, it can it harder to navigate bureaucracy on the planet when your claim of your 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 many people are abusing the machine, it can cause these to look suspiciously at all claimants.
Some landlord and companies have begun asking for 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 haven't taken advantage of registering them, and so have no such documentation to make.
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 benefit shortcut the housing rental and business access issues once the owner can create a simple document that may often satisfy the owner or landlord. Also, when working with public spaces, it's easier to give a document with a simple sentence stating, "This can be a service animal" and letting the other 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, carry out some people scam the machine, or game the law? Sadly, the answer then is "probably yes." In life, there is always room for abuse and people can try to take advantage of many systems that we as a society applied to protect the rights of those that need such protection. For instance, many drivers falsely display disabled parking placards to benefit from free and convenient parking. Not to mention the number of people who lie on their own 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 all.
In the end, you can't control any system making it 100% abuse proof. So tolerating the not enough people who scam service animal laws will be the price we gladly pay to make sure that the disabled in the great state of California have equal access under law.