Service Animals, Emotional Support Animals, and Guide Dogs3750407
Sadly, some individuals 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 as well as other editorials where people rant and complain about people they believe to be abusing the machine. You hear some complain that they to sit near a dog at a restaurant they don't believe can be a "real" service dog, or others complain that the neighbors possess a pet inside a "no pet" building because they claimed the pet is emotional support animal letter.
A few of the commentary comes with an indignant tone, and some people are downright angry.
How does this affect those who legitimately own and make use of a service animal to raised their lives? In many ways.
For one, it may it harder to navigate bureaucracy of the world when your claim of a disability and your service or emotional support animal's status is questioned. If your landlord or company owner has heard negative stories claiming that some individuals are abusing the machine, it can cause these to look suspiciously whatsoever claimants.
Some landlord and business owners have begun asking for proof of status, although asking for written or other evidence is not always legal, and even though many people who just love legitimate service animals and emotional support animals never have taken advantage of registering them, and thus have no such documentation to create.
It is the suspicious attitude and illegal demands of some landlords and business people that make registrations services like the Service Animal Registry of California so fundamental to legitimate owners.
Although registration is optional, it can benefit shortcut the housing rental and business access issues when the owner can create a simple document which will often fulfill the owner or landlord. Also, when working with public spaces, it is often easier to hand over a document using a simple sentence stating, "This can be a service animal" and letting the other party read the information, as opposed to having a long-winded protracted conversation (or even worse, argument) in public places, with onlookers listening in and gathering across the discussion.
So, carry out some people scam the machine, or game regulations? Sadly, the answer then is "probably yes." In everyday life, there is always room for abuse and people can try to take advantage of many systems that people as a society set up to protect the rights of people who need such protection. For example, many drivers falsely display disabled parking placards to take advantage of free and convenient parking. Not to mention the number of people who lie on the tax returns, claim improper tax deductions, abuse shop return policies, or do other bad acts.
But 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 purpose of promoting access and equality for those.
In the end, you can't control any system making it 100% abuse proof. So tolerating the few individuals who scam service animal laws is the price we gladly pay to ensure that the disabled within the great condition of California have equal access under law.