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Sadly, some individuals are asking whether "service animal" laws are now 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 device. You hear some complain they had to sit near your pet dog at a restaurant they don't believe can be a "real" service dog, or others complain their neighbors use a pet inside a "no pet" building simply because they claimed the animal is esa doctors.

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

How does this affect people who legitimately own and use a service animal to better their lives? In several ways.

For one, it could it harder to navigate bureaucracy of the world when your claim of the 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 many people are abusing the machine, it can cause them to look suspiciously in any way claimants.

Some landlord and business owners have begun seeking proof of status, even though asking for written or other evidence is not always legal, although many those who own legitimate service animals and emotional support animals have not taken advantage of registering them, and therefore have no such documentation to produce.

It is the suspicious attitude and illegal demands of some landlords and companies that make registrations services 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 if the owner can certainly produce a simple document that will often fulfill the owner or landlord. Also, when using public spaces, it's easier to hand over a document using a simple sentence stating, "This is a service animal" and letting the other party read the information, as opposed to having a long-winded protracted conversation (or worse, argument) in public areas, with onlookers listening in and gathering round the discussion.

So, carry out some people scam the machine, or game the law? Sadly, the answer is "probably yes." In everyday life, there is always room for abuse and people can make an effort to take advantage of many systems that we as a society put in place 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 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 service animal laws is hopefully small, might just be a very small price to pay when compared to the higher objective of promoting access and equality for many.

In the end, you cannot control any system to make it 100% abuse proof. So tolerating the few people who scam service animal laws will be the price we gladly pay to make sure that the disabled inside the great condition of California have equal access under law.