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Sadly, many people are asking whether "service animal" laws are increasingly being abused by people 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 believe to be abusing the system. You hear some complain that they to sit near your dog at a restaurant that they don't believe is really a "real" service dog, or others complain that their neighbors use a pet in the "no pet" building since they claimed your pet is esa doctors.

A number of the commentary comes with an indignant tone, and a few people are downright angry.

How can this affect those who legitimately own and use a service animal to better their lives? In many ways.

For one, it could it harder to navigate bureaucracy around the globe when your claim of the 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 whatsoever claimants.

Some landlord and business people have begun seeking proof of status, although asking for written or another evidence isn't necessarily legal, and even though many owners of legitimate service animals and emotional support animals have not taken advantage of registering them, and therefore have no such documentation to make.

It is the suspicious attitude and illegal demands of some landlords and business owners that make registrations services just like 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 once the owner can create a simple document which will often satisfy the owner or landlord. Also, when working with public spaces, it is usually easier to give a document having a simple sentence stating, "This can be a service animal" and letting another party read the information, as opposed to having a long-winded protracted conversation (or even worse, argument) in public areas, with onlookers listening in and gathering across the discussion.

So, do some people scam the system, or game regulations? Sadly, the answer is "probably yes." In life, there is always room for abuse and individuals 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 benefit from free and convenient parking. Not forgetting the number of people 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, could well be a very small price to pay when compared to the higher purpose of promoting access and equality for those.

In the end, you cannot control any system to make it 100% abuse proof. So tolerating the few people who scam service animal laws will be the price we gladly pay to ensure that the disabled inside the great state of California have equal access under law.