Service Animals, Emotional Support Animals, and Guide Dogs155582
Sadly, many people are asking whether "service animal" laws are increasingly being abused by those who want to scam the system.
There have been news stories, articles, opinion pieces and 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 that they don't believe is a "real" service dog, forms of languages complain that their neighbors possess a pet in a "no pet" building simply because they claimed your pet is esa letter.
Some of the commentary comes with an indignant tone, and a few people are downright angry.
How does this affect those that legitimately own and use a service animal to higher their lives? In several ways.
For one, it can it more challenging to navigate bureaucracy around the globe when your claim of your 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 device, it can cause these to look suspiciously at all claimants.
Some landlord and companies have begun asking for proof of status, despite the fact that asking for written or other evidence is not always legal, and although many owners of legitimate service animals and emotional support animals haven't taken advantage of registering them, and therefore have no such documentation to create.
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 vital to legitimate owners.
Although registration is optional, it can benefit shortcut the housing rental and business access issues if the owner can create a simple document that may often match the owner or landlord. Also, when working with public spaces, it is often easier to hand over a document having a simple sentence stating, "This is really a service animal" and letting another party read the information, rather than having a long-winded protracted conversation (or even 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 individuals can make an effort to take advantage of many systems that individuals as a society put in place to protect the rights of those who need such protection. For instance, many drivers falsely display disabled parking placards to benefit from free and convenient parking. As well as the number of folks who lie on their own tax returns, claim improper tax deductions, abuse shop return policies, or do other bad acts.
But that percentage of abuse, which in the area of service animal laws is hopefully small, could well be a very small price to pay when compared to the higher purpose of promoting access and equality for those.
In the end, you can not control any system to make it 100% abuse proof. So tolerating the few people who scam service animal laws is the price we gladly pay to make sure that the disabled inside the great state of California have equal access under law.