Service Animals, Emotional Support, and Guide Dogs3929727
Sadly, many people are asking whether "service animal" laws are being abused by those that want to scam the device.
There have been news stories, articles, opinion pieces and other editorials where people rant and complain about people they think to be abusing the system. You hear some complain that they to sit near your dog at a restaurant which they don't believe is a "real" service dog, varieties complain that the neighbors use a pet in a "no pet" building simply because they claimed the animal is esa doctors.
Some of the commentary has an indignant tone, plus some people are downright angry.
How can this affect those who legitimately own and employ a service animal to higher their lives? In several ways.
For one, it can it more difficult to navigate bureaucracy around the globe when your claim of your 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 device, it can cause these to look suspiciously at all claimants.
Some landlord and business people have begun requesting proof of status, although asking for written or any other evidence might not be legal, and although many those who own legitimate service animals and emotional support animals have not 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 vital to 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 which will often match the owner or landlord. Also, when using public spaces, it is usually easier to give a document having a simple sentence stating, "This can be a service animal" and letting one other party read the information, rather than having a long-winded protracted conversation (or worse, argument) in public places, with onlookers listening in and gathering round the discussion.
So, do some people scam the machine, or game what the law states? Sadly, the answer then is "probably yes." In your life, there is always room for abuse and individuals can attempt 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 to mention the number of people that lie on their own tax returns, claim improper tax deductions, abuse retail store return policies, or do other bad acts.
However that percentage of abuse, which in service animal laws is hopefully small, is arguably a very small price to pay when compared to the higher goal of promoting access and equality for all.
In the end, you can't control any system to really make 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 within the great condition of California have equal access under law.