Service Animals, Emotional Support, and Guide Dogs4413019
Sadly, some individuals are asking whether "service animal" laws are now being abused by people who want to scam the machine.
There have been news stories, articles, opinion pieces and other editorials where people rant and complain about people they feel to be abusing the system. You hear some complain that they to sit near a dog at a restaurant which they don't believe is a "real" service dog, varieties complain that their neighbors have a pet in the "no pet" building because they claimed your pet is emotional support animal registration.
A few of the commentary posseses an indignant tone, and a few people are downright angry.
How can this affect those that legitimately own and employ a service animal to higher their lives? In many ways.
For one, it could it more challenging to navigate bureaucracy of the world when your claim of a disability along with your service or emotional support animal's status is questioned. If your landlord or business proprietor has heard negative stories claiming that some people are abusing the machine, it can cause these to look suspiciously in any way claimants.
Some landlord and companies have begun requesting proof of status, despite the fact that asking for written or other evidence isn't necessarily legal, although many those who own legitimate service animals and emotional support animals haven't 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 people that make registrations services 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 once the owner can certainly produce a simple document that will often fulfill the owner or landlord. Also, when utilizing public spaces, it is usually easier to hand over a document using a simple sentence stating, "This is a service animal" and letting another party browse the information, rather than having a long-winded protracted conversation (or worse, argument) in public places, with onlookers listening in and gathering around the discussion.
So, carry out some people scam the device, or game what the law states? Sadly, the reply is "probably yes." In everyday life, there is always room for abuse the ones can make an effort to take advantage of many systems that we as a society set up to protect the rights of those who 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 folks who 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 around service animal laws is hopefully small, is arguably a very small price to pay when compared to the higher objective of promoting access and equality for all.
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 that the disabled in the great state of California have equal access under law.