Service Animals, Emotional Support, and Guide Dogs4643444
Sadly, many people are asking whether "service animal" laws are now being abused by those who want to scam the system.
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 had to sit near your dog at a restaurant they don't believe is really a "real" service dog, or others complain that their neighbors possess a pet in the "no pet" building since they claimed the animal is esa letter.
Some of the commentary posseses an indignant tone, plus some people are downright angry.
How can this affect those who legitimately own and use a service animal to higher their lives? In lots of ways.
For one, it may it more challenging to navigate bureaucracy of the world when your claim of your disability as well as your service or emotional support animal's status is questioned. If a landlord or business proprietor has heard negative stories claiming that some people are abusing the system, it can cause these phones look suspiciously in any way claimants.
Some landlord and business owners have begun seeking proof of status, although asking for written or other evidence is not always legal, although many owners of legitimate service animals and emotional support animals have not taken advantage of registering them, and so have no such documentation to produce.
It is the suspicious attitude and illegal demands of some landlords and business people 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 produce a simple document which will often match the owner or landlord. Also, when working with public spaces, it's easier to give over a document having a simple sentence stating, "This can be a service animal" and letting one other party read the information, instead of having a long-winded protracted conversation (or worse, argument) in public, with onlookers listening in and gathering around the discussion.
So, carry out some people scam the system, or game what the law states? Sadly, the answer is "probably yes." In everyday life, there is always room for abuse and people can attempt to take advantage of many systems that we as a society applied to protect the rights of those that need such protection. For 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 shop return policies, or do other bad acts.
However that percentage of abuse, which in the area of service animal laws is hopefully small, might just be a very small investment when compared to the higher purpose of promoting access and equality for many.
In the end, you cannot control any system to really make it 100% abuse proof. So tolerating the not enough people who scam service animal laws is the price we gladly pay to make sure that the disabled inside the great condition of California have equal access under law.