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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 as well as other editorials where people rant and complain about people they believe to be abusing the device. You hear some complain they had to sit near your pet dog at a restaurant that they don't believe is really a "real" service dog, varieties complain that the neighbors have a pet in a "no pet" building since they claimed your pet is emotional support animal.

A number of the commentary has an indignant tone, and a few people are downright angry.

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

For one, it can it more challenging to navigate bureaucracy on the planet 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 these to look suspiciously in any way claimants.

Some landlord and business owners have begun seeking proof of status, despite the fact that asking for written or any other evidence isn't necessarily legal, and even though many owners of legitimate service animals and emotional support animals never have 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 just like 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 when the owner can certainly produce a simple document that will often satisfy the owner or landlord. Also, when working with public spaces, it is usually easier to give a document with a simple sentence stating, "This is a service animal" and letting another party see the information, rather than having a long-winded protracted conversation (or worse yet, argument) in public areas, with onlookers listening in and gathering around the discussion.

So, do 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 attempt to take advantage of many systems that people as a society applied to protect the rights of those who need such protection. For example, many drivers falsely display disabled parking placards to benefit from free and convenient parking. Not to mention the number of people who lie on their own tax returns, claim improper tax deductions, abuse retail store return policies, or do other bad acts.

But that percentage of abuse, which around service animal laws is hopefully small, could well be a very small investment when compared to the higher purpose 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 people who scam service animal laws may be the price we gladly pay to ensure that the disabled within the great condition of California have equal access under law.