Service Animals, Emotional Support Animals, and Guide Dogs2909808
Sadly, many people are asking whether "service animal" laws are now being abused by those that want to scam the device.
There have been news stories, articles, opinion pieces and 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, forms of languages complain their neighbors have a pet in the "no pet" building since they claimed the animal is emotional support animal registration.
A number of the commentary posseses an indignant tone, and a few people are downright angry.
How can this affect those who legitimately own and make use of a service animal to raised their lives? In several ways.
For one, it may it more difficult to navigate bureaucracy on the planet when your claim of the 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 many people are abusing the system, it can cause these phones look suspiciously whatsoever claimants.
Some landlord and business owners have begun requesting proof of status, although asking for written or other evidence might not be legal, and even though many those who own 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 such as 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 when the owner can certainly produce a simple document which will often satisfy the owner or landlord. Also, when working with public spaces, it is usually easier to give over 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 round the discussion.
So, do some people scam the device, or game regulations? Sadly, the answer then is "probably yes." In everyday life, there is always room for abuse the ones can make an effort to take advantage of many systems that individuals 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 benefit from free and convenient parking. Not forgetting the number of people that lie on the tax returns, claim improper tax deductions, abuse store return policies, or do other bad acts.
However that percentage of abuse, which in service animal laws is hopefully small, might just be a very small price to pay when compared to the higher goal of promoting access and equality for many.
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 within the great state of California have equal access under law.