Service Animals, Emotional Support, and Guide Dogs669355
Sadly, some people 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 along with other editorials where people rant and complain about people they believe to be abusing the machine. You hear some complain that they to sit near your pet dog at a restaurant that they don't believe is a "real" service dog, or others complain their neighbors possess a pet in a "no pet" building simply because they claimed the pet is esa letter.
Some of the commentary comes with an indignant tone, and some people are downright angry.
So how exactly does this affect those who legitimately own and employ a service animal to higher their lives? In many ways.
For one, it could it more difficult to navigate bureaucracy around the globe when your claim of your disability and 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 device, it can cause these phones look suspiciously at all claimants.
Some landlord and business owners have begun requesting proof of status, even though asking for written or another evidence might not be legal, and even though many owners of legitimate service animals and emotional support animals haven't taken advantage of registering them, and therefore have no such documentation to produce.
It is the suspicious attitude and illegal demands of some landlords and business people that make registrations services such as 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 create a simple document that will often match the owner or landlord. Also, when using public spaces, it is usually easier to give a document with 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 yet, argument) in public areas, with onlookers listening in and gathering round the discussion.
So, perform some people scam the machine, or game the law? Sadly, the answer then is "probably yes." In your life, there is always room for abuse and people can attempt to take advantage of many systems that individuals as a society set up to protect the rights of those who need such protection. For example, many drivers falsely display disabled parking placards to take advantage of free and convenient parking. Not forgetting the number of folks 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 in the area of service animal laws is hopefully small, could well be a very small investment when compared to the higher objective of promoting access and equality for many.
In the end, you can't control any system making it 100% abuse proof. So tolerating the few people who scam service animal laws may be the price we gladly pay to ensure the disabled in the great state of California have equal access under law.