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Sadly, some individuals are asking whether "service animal" laws are being abused by those that 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 feel to be abusing the system. You hear some complain they had to sit near your dog at a restaurant they don't believe is a "real" service dog, or others complain that their neighbors use a pet in the "no pet" building simply because they claimed the pet is how to ask doctor for emotional support animal.

A few of the commentary posseses an indignant tone, and a few people are downright angry.

So how exactly does this affect those that legitimately own and employ a service animal to raised their lives? In several ways.

For one, it could it harder to navigate bureaucracy of the world 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 many people are abusing the device, it can cause them to look suspiciously at all claimants.

Some landlord and business owners have begun seeking proof of status, even though asking for written or other evidence is not always legal, and even though 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 create.

It is the suspicious attitude and illegal demands of some landlords and business people that make registrations services like the Service Animal Registry of California so important legitimate owners.

Although registration is optional, it can benefit shortcut the housing rental and business access issues when the owner can create a simple document that may often fulfill the owner or landlord. Also, when utilizing public spaces, it is often easier to give over a document with 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 places, with onlookers listening in and gathering round the discussion.

So, perform some people scam the system, or game the law? Sadly, the reply is "probably yes." In your life, there is always room for abuse the ones can make an effort to take advantage of many systems that we as a society applied 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. As well as the number of people who lie on their tax returns, claim improper tax deductions, abuse store return policies, or do other bad acts.

But that percentage of abuse, which in service animal laws is hopefully small, might just be a very small investment when compared to the higher objective of promoting access and equality for all.

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 is the price we gladly pay to ensure the disabled in the great condition of California have equal access under law.