Service Animals, Emotional Support Animals, and Guide Dogs5888409
Sadly, some individuals are asking whether "service animal" laws are being abused by those who want to scam the device.
There have been news stories, articles, opinion pieces and other editorials where people rant and complain about people they think to be abusing the machine. You hear some complain that they to sit near your dog at a restaurant which they don't believe can be a "real" service dog, varieties complain that their neighbors use a pet in a "no pet" building simply because they claimed your pet is emotional support animal registration.
A few of the commentary comes with an indignant tone, plus some people are downright angry.
How can this affect people who legitimately own and employ a service animal to raised their lives? In several ways.
For one, it may it more challenging to navigate bureaucracy of the world when your claim of your disability along with your service or emotional support animal's status is questioned. If a landlord or business owner has heard negative stories claiming that some individuals are abusing the device, it can cause them to look suspiciously at all claimants.
Some landlord and business people have begun requesting proof of status, even though asking for written or another evidence isn't necessarily legal, and even though many those who own legitimate service animals and emotional support animals never have taken advantage of registering them, and so have no such documentation to make.
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 important legitimate owners.
Although registration is optional, it can benefit shortcut the housing rental and business access issues once the owner can certainly produce a simple document which will often match the owner or landlord. Also, when using public spaces, it's easier to give a document with a simple sentence stating, "This is a service animal" and letting one other party browse the information, instead of having a long-winded protracted conversation (or worse, argument) in public areas, with onlookers listening in and gathering round the discussion.
So, carry out some people scam the device, or game what the law states? Sadly, the reply is "probably yes." In life, there is always room for abuse and people can try to take advantage of many systems that we 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. As well as the number of folks 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 the area of service animal laws is hopefully small, could well be a very small price to pay when compared to the higher goal of promoting access and equality for many.
In the end, you cannot control any system to really make it 100% abuse proof. So tolerating the few individuals who scam service animal laws will be the price we gladly pay to make sure that the disabled in the great state of California have equal access under law.