Service Animals, Emotional Support, and Guide Dogs1754288
Sadly, some people are asking whether "service animal" laws are increasingly being abused by people who want to scam the system.
There have been news stories, articles, opinion pieces and other editorials where people rant and complain about people they feel to be abusing the device. You hear some complain that they to sit near your pet dog at a restaurant that they don't believe is really a "real" service dog, varieties complain that their neighbors use a pet in a "no pet" building simply because they claimed your pet is emotional support animal letter.
Some of the commentary comes with an indignant tone, and a few people are downright angry.
So how exactly does this affect those who legitimately own and make use of a service animal to higher their lives? In many ways.
For one, it could it harder to navigate bureaucracy of the world when your claim of a 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 many people are abusing the system, it can cause them to look suspiciously at all claimants.
Some landlord and business people have begun asking for proof of status, although asking for written or another 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 make.
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 fundamental to legitimate owners.
Although registration is optional, it can help shortcut the housing rental and business access issues when the owner can produce a simple document which will often fulfill the owner or landlord. Also, when utilizing public spaces, it is often easier to give a document using a simple sentence stating, "This is really a service animal" and letting the other party read the information, instead of having a long-winded protracted conversation (or worse, argument) in public places, with onlookers listening in and gathering around the discussion.
So, carry out some people scam the machine, or game regulations? Sadly, the answer is "probably yes." In 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 that need such protection. As an example, many drivers falsely display disabled parking placards to benefit from free and convenient parking. As well as 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, might just be a very small investment 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 few people who scam service animal laws will be the price we gladly pay to ensure the disabled within the great condition of California have equal access under law.