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Sadly, some people are asking whether "service animal" laws are being abused by those that want to scam the machine.

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 device. You hear some complain they had to sit near your pet dog at a restaurant they don't believe can be a "real" service dog, or others complain their neighbors have a pet inside a "no pet" building because they claimed the pet is emotional support animal letter.

A number of the commentary posseses an indignant tone, and some people are downright angry.

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

For one, it may it harder to navigate bureaucracy on the planet when your claim of your disability along with your service or emotional support animal's status is questioned. In case a landlord or business proprietor has heard negative stories claiming that many people are abusing the device, it can cause these phones look suspiciously at all claimants.

Some landlord and business people have begun requesting proof of status, although asking for written or any other evidence is not always legal, although many owners of legitimate service animals and emotional support animals never have taken advantage of registering them, and therefore have no such documentation to make.

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

Although registration is optional, it will also help 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 utilizing public spaces, it is often easier to hand over a document using a simple sentence stating, "This is a service animal" and letting the other party read the information, as opposed to having a long-winded protracted conversation (or even worse, argument) in public areas, with onlookers listening in and gathering around the discussion.

So, do some people scam the machine, or game regulations? Sadly, the answer 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 put in place to protect the rights of people 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 folks who lie on the 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, might just be a very small price to pay when compared to the higher objective of promoting access and equality for many.

In the end, you can't control any system to make it 100% abuse proof. So tolerating the few individuals 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.