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Sadly, many people are asking whether "service animal" laws are being abused by people who 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 think to be abusing the machine. 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 have a pet in the "no pet" building because they claimed the pet is esa doctors.

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

So how exactly does this affect people who legitimately own and use a service animal to raised their lives? In several ways.

For one, it can it more challenging to navigate bureaucracy on the planet when your claim of the disability along with your service or emotional support animal's status is questioned. If a landlord or business proprietor has heard negative stories claiming that some individuals are abusing the machine, it can cause these phones look suspiciously in any way claimants.

Some landlord and companies have begun seeking proof of status, although asking for written or any other evidence might not be legal, although 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 companies that make registrations services like the Service Animal Registry of California so important legitimate owners.

Although registration is optional, it will also help shortcut the housing rental and business access issues once the owner can produce a simple document that may often match the owner or landlord. Also, when utilizing public spaces, it's easier to give over a document with a simple sentence stating, "This can be a service animal" and letting the other party see the information, instead of having a long-winded protracted conversation (or worse, argument) in public, with onlookers listening in and gathering across the discussion.

So, carry out some people scam the machine, or game the law? 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 set up 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 to mention the number of people that lie on their tax returns, claim improper tax deductions, abuse retail store return policies, or do other bad acts.

However that percentage of abuse, which around service animal laws is hopefully small, might just be a very small price to pay when compared to the higher purpose of promoting access and equality for many.

In the end, you can not 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 ensure the disabled inside the great condition of California have equal access under law.