Service Animals, Emotional Support, and Guide Dogs8717808
Sadly, many people are asking whether "service animal" laws are increasingly being abused by those that want to scam the machine.
There have been news stories, articles, opinion pieces and other editorials where people rant and complain about people they think to be abusing the system. You hear some complain that they to sit near your pet dog at a restaurant they don't believe can be a "real" service dog, forms of languages complain that their neighbors use a pet in a "no pet" building simply because they claimed your pet is emotional support animal letter.
A number of the commentary posseses an indignant tone, plus some people are downright angry.
How can this affect those who legitimately own and employ a service animal to higher their lives? In several ways.
For one, it may it more challenging to navigate bureaucracy of the world when your claim of your disability as well as your service or emotional support animal's status is questioned. If a landlord or business owner has heard negative stories claiming that some individuals 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 another evidence isn't necessarily legal, and even though many those who own legitimate service animals and emotional support animals have not 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 companies that make registrations services just like the Service Animal Registry of California so fundamental to legitimate owners.
Although registration is optional, it will also help shortcut the housing rental and business access issues once the owner can produce a simple document that will often match the owner or landlord. Also, when using public spaces, it is usually easier to hand over a document using a simple sentence stating, "This can be a service animal" and letting one other party browse 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, carry out some people scam the device, or game the law? Sadly, the answer is "probably yes." In life, there is always room for abuse and people can attempt 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 benefit from free and convenient parking. Not to mention 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 around service animal laws is hopefully small, might just be a very small price to pay when compared to the higher purpose of promoting access and equality for all.
In the end, you cannot control any system making it 100% abuse proof. So tolerating the few individuals who scam service animal laws will be the price we gladly pay to make sure that the disabled inside the great state of California have equal access under law.