Service Animals, Emotional Support Animals, and Guide Dogs2298542
Sadly, some people are asking whether "service animal" laws are increasingly being abused by people who 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 system. You hear some complain they had to sit near your dog at a restaurant which they don't believe can be a "real" service dog, varieties complain that their neighbors have a pet in a "no pet" building since they claimed your pet is emotional support animal letter.
A number of the commentary comes with an indignant tone, plus some people are downright angry.
So how exactly does this affect those that legitimately own and use a service animal to better their lives? In many ways.
For one, it may it harder to navigate bureaucracy of the world 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 device, it can cause these to look suspiciously whatsoever claimants.
Some landlord and business people have begun seeking proof of status, despite the fact that asking for written or another evidence might not be legal, although many owners of legitimate service animals and emotional support animals never have taken advantage of registering them, and thus have no such documentation to produce.
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 vital to legitimate owners.
Although registration is optional, it can benefit shortcut the housing rental and business access issues when the owner can produce a simple document that will often satisfy the owner or landlord. Also, when using public spaces, it is usually easier to give a document having a simple sentence stating, "This is a service animal" and letting another party browse the information, instead of having a long-winded protracted conversation (or worse yet, argument) in public, with onlookers listening in and gathering around the discussion.
So, do some people scam the system, 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 people as a society set up to protect the rights of people who need such protection. As an example, many drivers falsely display disabled parking placards to benefit from free and convenient parking. As well as the number of people 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 around service animal laws is hopefully small, is arguably a very small investment when compared to the higher goal 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 that the disabled inside the great condition of California have equal access under law.