Service Animals, Emotional Support, and Guide Dogs7923298
Sadly, many people are asking whether "service animal" laws are increasingly being abused by those who want to scam the device.
There have been news stories, articles, opinion pieces along with other editorials where people rant and complain about people they feel 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, forms of languages complain that their neighbors have a pet inside a "no pet" building because they claimed the pet is esa doctors.
Some of the commentary has an indignant tone, plus some people are downright angry.
How can this affect those that legitimately own and make use of a service animal to raised their lives? In several ways.
For one, it can it harder to navigate bureaucracy of the world when your claim of a disability as well as 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 device, it can cause them to look suspiciously at all claimants.
Some landlord and business owners have begun requesting proof of status, although asking for written or other evidence isn't necessarily legal, although many people who just love legitimate service animals and emotional support animals haven't taken advantage of registering them, and thus 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 vital 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 that may often fulfill the owner or landlord. Also, when using public spaces, it is usually easier to hand over a document having a simple sentence stating, "This is really a service animal" and letting one other party read the information, as opposed to having a long-winded protracted conversation (or worse, argument) in public, with onlookers listening in and gathering across the discussion.
So, perform some people scam the machine, or game what the law states? Sadly, the answer is "probably yes." In everyday life, there is always room for abuse the ones can try to take advantage of many systems that people as a society applied to protect the rights of those that 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 people who lie on the tax returns, claim improper tax deductions, abuse store 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 many.
In the end, you cannot control any system making it 100% abuse proof. So tolerating the not enough people who scam service animal laws is the price we gladly pay to ensure the disabled inside the great state of California have equal access under law.