Service Animals, Emotional Support Animals, and Guide Dogs8095843
Sadly, some individuals are asking whether "service animal" laws are increasingly being abused by those who 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 system. You hear some complain that they to sit near a dog at a restaurant which they don't believe can be a "real" service dog, or others complain their neighbors have a pet in the "no pet" building simply because they claimed your pet is esa doctors.
Some of the commentary posseses an indignant tone, and a few people are downright angry.
So how exactly does this affect those that legitimately own and make use of a service animal to higher their lives? In many ways.
For one, it could it more difficult to navigate bureaucracy on the planet when your claim of the disability and your service or emotional support animal's status is questioned. If a landlord or company owner has heard negative stories claiming that some individuals are abusing the device, it can cause them to look suspiciously at all claimants.
Some landlord and companies have begun asking for proof of status, although asking for written or any other evidence might not be legal, and although many owners of legitimate service animals and emotional support animals haven't 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 such as 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 once the owner can create a simple document which will often satisfy the owner or landlord. Also, when utilizing public spaces, it is often easier to hand over a document having a simple sentence stating, "This can be a service animal" and letting another 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 around the discussion.
So, carry out some people scam the system, or game regulations? Sadly, the answer is "probably yes." In life, there is always room for abuse and individuals can attempt to take advantage of many systems that people as a society put in place to protect the rights of people who need such protection. For instance, 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 own tax returns, claim improper tax deductions, abuse shop return policies, or do other bad acts.
However that percentage of abuse, which in the area of service animal laws is hopefully small, might just be a very small investment when compared to the higher objective of promoting access and equality for those.
In the end, you can not 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 make sure that the disabled within the great state of California have equal access under law.