Service Animals, Emotional Support Animals, and Guide Dogs6412218
Sadly, some individuals are asking whether "service animal" laws are being abused by those 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 believe to be abusing the system. You hear some complain that they had to sit near a dog at a restaurant they don't believe can be a "real" service dog, varieties complain that their neighbors have a pet inside a "no pet" building simply because they claimed the animal is emotional support animal registration.
Some of the commentary posseses an indignant tone, and some people are downright angry.
How does this affect people who legitimately own and make use of a service animal to raised 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 a landlord or business proprietor has heard negative stories claiming that many people are abusing the machine, it can cause these phones look suspiciously whatsoever claimants.
Some landlord and companies have begun requesting proof of status, even though asking for written or other evidence is not always legal, and although many owners of legitimate service animals and emotional support animals never have taken advantage of registering them, and thus have no such documentation to produce.
It is the suspicious attitude and illegal demands of some landlords and business people that make registrations services such as the Service Animal Registry of California so fundamental to legitimate owners.
Although registration is optional, it can help shortcut the housing rental and business access issues once the owner can produce a simple document that will often match the owner or landlord. Also, when working with public spaces, it's easier to hand over a document using a simple sentence stating, "This can be 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 round the discussion.
So, carry out some people scam the device, or game the law? 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 set up to protect the rights of those who 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 people who lie on their 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 investment when compared to the higher purpose of promoting access and equality for all.
In the end, you can't control any system to really make it 100% abuse proof. So tolerating the few people who scam service animal laws is the price we gladly pay to ensure that the disabled inside the great state of California have equal access under law.