Service Animals, Emotional Support, and Guide Dogs688283
Sadly, some people are asking whether "service animal" laws are now being abused by those who want to scam the machine.
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 device. You hear some complain they had to sit near your dog at a restaurant they don't believe is really a "real" service dog, varieties complain that the neighbors possess 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 some people are downright angry.
How can this affect those who legitimately own and employ a service animal to raised their lives? In many ways.
For one, it can 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. If your landlord or business proprietor has heard negative stories claiming that many people are abusing the system, it can cause these phones look suspiciously at all claimants.
Some landlord and business people have begun seeking proof of status, although asking for written or other evidence might not be legal, and although many people who just love legitimate service animals and emotional support animals haven't 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 companies that make registrations services like the Service Animal Registry of California so vital to legitimate owners.
Although registration is optional, it can benefit shortcut the housing rental and business access issues once the owner can create 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 with a simple sentence stating, "This can be a service animal" and letting one other party see the information, rather than having a long-winded protracted conversation (or even worse, argument) in public places, with onlookers listening in and gathering across the discussion.
So, do some people scam the device, or game what the law states? Sadly, the answer is "probably yes." In your life, there is always room for abuse and people can make an effort to take advantage of many systems that individuals as a society applied to protect the rights of those who need such protection. As an example, many drivers falsely display disabled parking placards to take advantage of free and convenient parking. Not to mention the number of people that lie on their own 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, is arguably a very small investment when compared to the higher goal of promoting access and equality for many.
In the end, you can't control any system to really make it 100% abuse proof. So tolerating the few people who scam service animal laws is the price we gladly pay to make sure that the disabled in the great state of California have equal access under law.