Service Animals, Emotional Support Animals, and Guide Dogs7272537
Sadly, some individuals are asking whether "service animal" laws are now being abused by those that want to scam the device.
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 that they to sit near your dog at a restaurant which they don't believe is really a "real" service dog, varieties complain that their neighbors use a pet in the "no pet" building simply because they claimed the animal is emotional support animal letter.
A few of the commentary comes with an indignant tone, and a few people are downright angry.
How can this affect those that legitimately own and make use of a service animal to raised their lives? In several ways.
For one, it can it harder 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 business owner has heard negative stories claiming that some people are abusing the machine, it can cause these phones look suspiciously whatsoever claimants.
Some landlord and business owners have begun seeking proof of status, although asking for written or other evidence isn't necessarily legal, and although many owners of legitimate service animals and emotional support animals haven't 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 business owners that make registrations services like the Service Animal Registry of California so vital to legitimate owners.
Although registration is optional, it will also help shortcut the housing rental and business access issues once the owner can create a simple document which will often satisfy the owner or landlord. Also, when working with public spaces, it is often easier to hand over a document using a simple sentence stating, "This can be a service animal" and letting another party read the information, as opposed to having a long-winded protracted conversation (or worse yet, argument) in public areas, with onlookers listening in and gathering across the discussion.
So, carry out some people scam the device, or game what the law states? Sadly, the reply is "probably yes." In your life, there is always room for abuse and people can attempt to take advantage of many systems that individuals as a society set up to protect the rights of those who need such protection. As an example, many drivers falsely display disabled parking placards to benefit from free and convenient parking. Not to mention 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 the area of service animal laws is hopefully small, is arguably a very small price to pay when compared to the higher goal of promoting access and equality for many.
In the end, you can not control any system making 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 state of California have equal access under law.