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Sadly, many 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 along with other editorials where people rant and complain about people they believe to be abusing the machine. You hear some complain they had to sit near your pet dog at a restaurant which they don't believe is a "real" service dog, varieties complain that the neighbors possess a pet in the "no pet" building simply because they claimed the pet is emotional support animal.

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

How can this affect those that legitimately own and make use of a service animal to better their lives? In several ways.

For one, it could it more challenging to navigate bureaucracy on the planet when your claim of the disability along with your service or emotional support animal's status is questioned. If your landlord or business owner has heard negative stories claiming that some individuals are abusing the machine, it can cause them to look suspiciously whatsoever claimants.

Some landlord and companies have begun requesting proof of status, although asking for written or other evidence isn't necessarily legal, and even though many owners of 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 just like the Service Animal Registry of California so fundamental to legitimate owners.

Although registration is optional, it can help shortcut the housing rental and business access issues once the owner can certainly produce a simple document that may often fulfill the owner or landlord. Also, when working with public spaces, it is usually easier to give a document with a simple sentence stating, "This is 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, 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 the ones can attempt to take advantage of many systems that we as a society set up to protect the rights of those that need such protection. For instance, many drivers falsely display disabled parking placards to take advantage of free and convenient parking. Not forgetting the number of people that lie on their tax returns, claim improper tax deductions, abuse retail store return policies, or do other bad acts.

But that percentage of abuse, which in the area of service animal laws is hopefully small, is arguably a very small price to pay when compared to the higher purpose of promoting access and equality for all.

In the end, you can't control any system to really 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 state of California have equal access under law.