Service Animals, Emotional Support, and Guide Dogs5497231
Sadly, some individuals are asking whether "service animal" laws are now being abused by those that want to scam the device.
There have been news stories, articles, opinion pieces as well as other editorials where people rant and complain about people they feel to be abusing the machine. You hear some complain they had to sit near your pet dog at a restaurant that they don't believe is a "real" service dog, or others complain their neighbors use a pet in a "no pet" building because they claimed the pet is emotional support animal.
A few of the commentary comes with an indignant tone, and a few people are downright angry.
How does this affect those who legitimately own and make use of a service animal to raised their lives? In many ways.
For one, it may it harder to navigate bureaucracy on the planet when your claim of the disability along with your service or emotional support animal's status is questioned. In case a landlord or company owner has heard negative stories claiming that some people are abusing the machine, it can cause these phones look suspiciously whatsoever claimants.
Some landlord and business owners have begun seeking proof of status, although asking for written or other evidence might not be legal, and even though many people who just love legitimate service animals and emotional support animals haven't 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 such as the Service Animal Registry of California so important legitimate owners.
Although registration is optional, it can help shortcut the housing rental and business access issues if the owner can create a simple document that may 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 the other party read the information, rather than having a long-winded protracted conversation (or even worse, argument) in public places, with onlookers listening in and gathering around the discussion.
So, perform some people scam the machine, or game regulations? Sadly, the answer is "probably yes." In everyday life, there is always room for abuse the ones can try to take advantage of many systems that people as a society set up to protect the rights of those that need such protection. For example, many drivers falsely display disabled parking placards to take advantage of free and convenient parking. Not to mention the number of people who lie on the tax returns, claim improper tax deductions, abuse retail store return policies, or do other bad acts.
But 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 many.
In the end, you can not control any system to make it 100% abuse proof. So tolerating the few people who scam service animal laws is the price we gladly pay to ensure that the disabled inside the great condition of California have equal access under law.