Service Animals, Emotional Support Animals, and Guide Dogs4992771
Sadly, some people 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 system. You hear some complain they had to sit near your dog at a restaurant they don't believe is really a "real" service dog, or others complain that the neighbors have a pet in the "no pet" building simply because they claimed the pet is esa doctors.
A number of the commentary posseses an indignant tone, and some people are downright angry.
So how exactly does this affect people who legitimately own and make use of a service animal to higher their lives? In lots of ways.
For one, it can 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 people are abusing the device, it can cause these phones look suspiciously at all claimants.
Some landlord and business people have begun asking for proof of status, although asking for written or any other evidence might not be legal, and even though many owners of legitimate service animals and emotional support animals never have taken advantage of registering them, and therefore have no such documentation to make.
It is the suspicious attitude and illegal demands of some landlords and companies that make registrations services like the Service Animal Registry of California so important legitimate owners.
Although registration is optional, it can help shortcut the housing rental and business access issues if the owner can create a simple document that may often satisfy the owner or landlord. Also, when using public spaces, it is often easier to hand over a document with a simple sentence stating, "This is a service animal" and letting one other party read the information, rather than having a long-winded protracted conversation (or worse yet, argument) in public, with onlookers listening in and gathering across the discussion.
So, carry out some people scam the device, or game regulations? Sadly, the reply is "probably yes." In your life, there is always room for abuse and people can try to take advantage of many systems that individuals as a society put in place to protect the rights of those that need such protection. For instance, many drivers falsely display disabled parking placards to take advantage of free and convenient parking. Not to mention the number of folks who lie on the tax returns, claim improper tax deductions, abuse store return policies, or do other bad acts.
But that percentage of abuse, which in service animal laws is hopefully small, is arguably a very small price to pay when compared to the higher purpose of promoting access and equality for all.
In the end, you cannot control any system making it 100% abuse proof. So tolerating the not enough people who scam service animal laws will be the price we gladly pay to make sure that the disabled in the great condition of California have equal access under law.