Service Animals, Emotional Support Animals, and Guide Dogs1022977
Sadly, many people are asking whether "service animal" laws are increasingly being abused by people who want to scam the device.
There have been news stories, articles, opinion pieces and other editorials where people rant and complain about people they think to be abusing the machine. You hear some complain they had to sit near a dog at a restaurant they don't believe can be a "real" service dog, varieties complain their neighbors possess a pet in the "no pet" building because they claimed the pet is emotional support animal registration.
A few of the commentary comes with an indignant tone, plus some people are downright angry.
So how exactly does this affect those who legitimately own and employ a service animal to raised their lives? In several ways.
For one, it could it more difficult to navigate bureaucracy of the world when your claim of the disability and your service or emotional support animal's status is questioned. If a landlord or business owner has heard negative stories claiming that some people are abusing the device, it can cause these phones look suspiciously in any way claimants.
Some landlord and companies have begun asking for proof of status, even though asking for written or another evidence isn't necessarily legal, although many people who just love 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 such as 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 if the owner can certainly produce a simple document that may often fulfill the owner or landlord. Also, when using 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 browse the information, as opposed to having a long-winded protracted conversation (or worse yet, argument) in public areas, with onlookers listening in and gathering around the discussion.
So, do some people scam the machine, or game the law? Sadly, the answer is "probably yes." In life, there is always room for abuse the ones can try to take advantage of many systems that we as a society set up 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 folks who lie on their tax returns, claim improper tax deductions, abuse retail store return policies, or do other bad acts.
However that percentage of abuse, which in service animal laws is hopefully small, is arguably a very small price to pay when compared to the higher objective of promoting access and equality for those.
In the end, you can't control any system to really make it 100% abuse proof. So tolerating the few individuals who scam service animal laws may be the price we gladly pay to make sure that the disabled in the great state of California have equal access under law.