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Sadly, some individuals are asking whether "service animal" laws are being abused by those that 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 believe to be abusing the device. You hear some complain they had to sit near your dog at a restaurant which they don't believe is 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 number of the commentary has an indignant tone, plus some people are downright angry.

So how exactly does this affect people who legitimately own and make use of a service animal to higher their lives? In lots of ways.

For one, it can it more challenging to navigate bureaucracy of the world when your claim of the disability along with your service or emotional support animal's status is questioned. In case a landlord or company owner has heard negative stories claiming that many people are abusing the machine, it can cause these to look suspiciously in any way claimants.

Some landlord and business owners have begun requesting proof of status, despite the fact that asking for written or another evidence isn't necessarily legal, although many owners of legitimate service animals and emotional support animals have not taken advantage of registering them, and so have no such documentation to create.

It is the suspicious attitude and illegal demands of some landlords and business people that make registrations services just like the Service Animal Registry of California so important legitimate owners.

Although registration is optional, it will also 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 is usually easier to hand over a document with a simple sentence stating, "This is really a service animal" and letting another party read the information, instead of having a long-winded protracted conversation (or worse yet, argument) in public places, with onlookers listening in and gathering across the discussion.

So, perform some people scam the system, or game what the law states? Sadly, the answer then is "probably yes." In life, there is always room for abuse the ones can make an effort to take advantage of many systems that we 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 take advantage of free and convenient parking. Not forgetting the number of people that 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 the area of service animal laws is hopefully small, might just be a very small price to pay when compared to the higher purpose 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 not enough people who scam service animal laws will be the price we gladly pay to ensure the disabled in the great state of California have equal access under law.