Service Animals, Emotional Support Animals, and Guide Dogs310654

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Sadly, some individuals are asking whether "service animal" laws are increasingly being abused by people 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 feel to be abusing the machine. You hear some complain they had to sit near a dog at a restaurant they don't believe is a "real" service dog, forms of languages complain their neighbors use a pet in a "no pet" building simply because they claimed your pet is esa letter.

A few of the commentary comes with an indignant tone, and a few people are downright angry.

How can this affect those who legitimately own and employ a service animal to raised their lives? In lots of ways.

For one, it could it harder to navigate bureaucracy of the world when your claim of a disability along with your service or emotional support animal's status is questioned. In case a landlord or business owner has heard negative stories claiming that many people are abusing the machine, it can cause them to look suspiciously at all claimants.

Some landlord and companies have begun seeking proof of status, despite the fact that asking for written or another evidence is not always legal, and although 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 business owners that make registrations services like the Service Animal Registry of California so vital to legitimate owners.

Although registration is optional, it can help shortcut the housing rental and business access issues when the owner can produce a simple document which will often satisfy the owner or landlord. Also, when using public spaces, it is often easier to give over a document having a simple sentence stating, "This can be a service animal" and letting one other party read the information, as opposed to having a long-winded protracted conversation (or even worse, argument) in public, with onlookers listening in and gathering around the discussion.

So, do some people scam the machine, or game what the law states? Sadly, the answer is "probably yes." In life, there is always room for abuse and individuals can attempt to take advantage of many systems that individuals as a society set up to protect the rights of those that need such protection. For 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 their own tax returns, claim improper tax deductions, abuse store return policies, or do other bad acts.

But that percentage of abuse, which around service animal laws is hopefully small, is arguably a very small investment when compared to the higher purpose of promoting access and equality for many.

In the end, you can't control any system to make it 100% abuse proof. So tolerating the not enough people who scam service animal laws may be the price we gladly pay to ensure that the disabled in the great condition of California have equal access under law.