Service Animals, Emotional Support, and Guide Dogs6509772
Sadly, some people are asking whether "service animal" laws are now being abused by those who 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 think to be abusing the system. You hear some complain they had to sit near a dog at a restaurant that they don't believe can be a "real" service dog, or others complain their neighbors have a pet in the "no pet" building since they claimed the animal is how to ask doctor for emotional support animal.
A number of the commentary has an indignant tone, and a few people are downright angry.
So how exactly does this affect people who legitimately own and make use of a service animal to higher their lives? In lots of ways.
For one, it may it more challenging to navigate bureaucracy on the planet when your claim of a disability along with your service or emotional support animal's status is questioned. If a landlord or company owner has heard negative stories claiming that many people are abusing the device, it can cause these phones look suspiciously in any way claimants.
Some landlord and companies have begun requesting proof of status, despite the fact that asking for written or another evidence is not always legal, although many people who just love legitimate service animals and emotional support animals never have taken advantage of registering them, and therefore have no such documentation to create.
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 fundamental to legitimate owners.
Although registration is optional, it will also help shortcut the housing rental and business access issues when the owner can create a simple document that will often fulfill the owner or landlord. Also, when using public spaces, it is usually easier to hand over a document having a simple sentence stating, "This is really a service animal" and letting one other party read the information, instead of having a long-winded protracted conversation (or worse yet, argument) in public, 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 life, there is always room for abuse and individuals 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. As an example, many drivers falsely display disabled parking placards to benefit from free and convenient parking. Not to mention the number of people who lie on their 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, is arguably a very small investment when compared to the higher purpose of promoting access and equality for those.
In the end, you cannot control any system making it 100% abuse proof. So tolerating the few people who scam service animal laws will be the price we gladly pay to make sure that the disabled in the great condition of California have equal access under law.