Service Animals, Emotional Support, and Guide Dogs7793988
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 as well as 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 a dog at a restaurant they don't believe is a "real" service dog, or others complain that the neighbors possess a pet in the "no pet" building because they claimed the pet is emotional support animal registration.
Some of the commentary posseses an indignant tone, and a few people are downright angry.
How can this affect those that legitimately own and use a service animal to higher their lives? In many ways.
For one, it could it harder 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 business proprietor has heard negative stories claiming that some individuals are abusing the device, it can cause these to look suspiciously at all claimants.
Some landlord and companies have begun seeking proof of status, although asking for written or another evidence might not be legal, although many those who own legitimate service animals and emotional support animals never have taken advantage of registering them, and so have no such documentation to make.
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 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 that may often match the owner or landlord. Also, when utilizing public spaces, it is usually easier to give over a document having a simple sentence stating, "This can be a service animal" and letting the other party read the information, instead of having a long-winded protracted conversation (or worse, argument) in public areas, with onlookers listening in and gathering around the discussion.
So, do some people scam the device, or game the law? Sadly, the answer then is "probably yes." In your life, there is always room for abuse and individuals can make an effort to take advantage of many systems that we as a society put in place 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. As well as the number of people that lie on their own tax returns, claim improper tax deductions, abuse 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 objective of promoting access and equality for many.
In the end, you cannot control any system to make it 100% abuse proof. So tolerating the not enough people who scam service animal laws may be the price we gladly pay to ensure that the disabled inside the great condition of California have equal access under law.