Service Animals, Emotional Support Animals, and Guide Dogs6237254
Sadly, many people are asking whether "service animal" laws are being abused by those that 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 think to be abusing the device. You hear some complain they had to sit near a dog at a restaurant they don't believe is a "real" service dog, varieties complain that the neighbors possess a pet in the "no pet" building because they claimed your pet is emotional support animal letter.
A number 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 higher their lives? In lots of ways.
For one, it can it more difficult to navigate bureaucracy of the world when your claim of your 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 device, it can cause these to look suspiciously whatsoever claimants.
Some landlord and business people have begun asking for proof of status, despite the fact that asking for written or another evidence might not be legal, and although many those who own legitimate service animals and emotional support animals never have taken advantage of registering them, and therefore have no such documentation to create.
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 fundamental to legitimate owners.
Although registration is optional, it will also help shortcut the housing rental and business access issues when the owner can create a simple document that may often satisfy the owner or landlord. Also, when using public spaces, it is usually easier to give over a document having a simple sentence stating, "This is really a service animal" and letting one other party browse the information, rather than having a long-winded protracted conversation (or even worse, argument) in public areas, with onlookers listening in and gathering across the discussion.
So, carry out some people scam the machine, or game regulations? Sadly, the reply is "probably yes." In life, there is always room for abuse and individuals can try to take advantage of many systems that we as a society applied 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 folks who lie on their tax returns, claim improper tax deductions, abuse retail 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 investment when compared to the higher goal of promoting access and equality for all.
In the end, you can not control any system to really 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 inside the great condition of California have equal access under law.