Service Animals, Emotional Support, and Guide Dogs5015814
Sadly, some 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 think to be abusing the device. You hear some complain that they to sit near your dog at a restaurant they don't believe is a "real" service dog, or others complain that their neighbors use a pet in the "no pet" building simply because they claimed the animal is how to ask doctor for emotional support animal.
A few of the commentary comes with an indignant tone, plus some people are downright angry.
So how exactly does this affect those that legitimately own and use a service animal to higher their lives? In lots of ways.
For one, it could it more difficult to navigate bureaucracy of the world when your claim of your 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 many people are abusing the system, it can cause these phones look suspiciously in any way claimants.
Some landlord and companies have begun requesting proof of status, even though asking for written or another evidence is not always legal, and although many those who own legitimate service animals and emotional support animals never have 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 fundamental to legitimate owners.
Although registration is optional, it can help shortcut the housing rental and business access issues once the owner can certainly produce a simple document that will often satisfy the owner or landlord. Also, when using public spaces, it is often easier to give over a document using a simple sentence stating, "This is a service animal" and letting one other party browse the information, instead of having a long-winded protracted conversation (or worse, argument) in public places, with onlookers listening in and gathering across the discussion.
So, carry out some people scam the system, or game what the law states? Sadly, the answer then 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 people who need such protection. For instance, many drivers falsely display disabled parking placards to take advantage of free and convenient parking. As well as the number of people who lie on the 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 goal 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 individuals 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.