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Sadly, some people are asking whether "service animal" laws are now being abused by those who want to scam the device.

There have been news stories, articles, opinion pieces along with other editorials where people rant and complain about people they believe to be abusing the device. You hear some complain that they had to sit near your pet dog at a restaurant which they don't believe is a "real" service dog, varieties complain their neighbors possess a pet in the "no pet" building since they claimed the animal is emotional support animal.

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

So how exactly does this affect those that legitimately own and use a service animal to higher their lives? In many ways.

For one, it may it more difficult to navigate bureaucracy around the globe when your claim of your disability along with 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 system, it can cause them to look suspiciously at all claimants.

Some landlord and business people have begun asking for proof of status, although asking for written or another evidence isn't necessarily legal, although many people who just love legitimate service animals and emotional support animals haven't taken advantage of registering them, and so 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 fundamental to legitimate owners.

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

So, perform some people scam the system, or game regulations? Sadly, the reply is "probably yes." In your life, there is always room for abuse and individuals can make an effort to take advantage of many systems that individuals 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 benefit from free and convenient parking. Not forgetting the number of people that lie on the 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 price to pay when compared to the higher objective of promoting access and equality for all.

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