Service Animals, Emotional Support Animals, and Guide Dogs318632
Sadly, many people are asking whether "service animal" laws are now being abused by people who want to scam the device.
There have been news stories, articles, opinion pieces and other editorials where people rant and complain about people they believe to be abusing the device. You hear some complain that they to sit near your pet dog at a restaurant which they don't believe is a "real" service dog, forms of languages complain that the neighbors have a pet in a "no pet" building since they claimed the animal is emotional support animal registration.
Some of the commentary has an indignant tone, plus some people are downright angry.
So how exactly does this affect those who legitimately own and use a service animal to raised their lives? In several ways.
For one, it can it more difficult to navigate bureaucracy around the globe when your claim of the disability and your service or emotional support animal's status is questioned. In case a landlord or company owner has heard negative stories claiming that some people are abusing the system, it can cause these to look suspiciously whatsoever claimants.
Some landlord and business owners have begun seeking proof of status, even though asking for written or other evidence isn't necessarily legal, although many those who own 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 business people 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 once the owner can produce a simple document that may often fulfill the owner or landlord. Also, when working with public spaces, it is usually easier to give over a document with a simple sentence stating, "This is a service animal" and letting one other party read the information, instead of having a long-winded protracted conversation (or worse yet, argument) in public areas, with onlookers listening in and gathering across the discussion.
So, carry out some people scam the device, or game the law? Sadly, the reply is "probably yes." In everyday life, there is always room for abuse the ones can attempt to take advantage of many systems that individuals as a society put in place to protect the rights of those that need such protection. For example, many drivers falsely display disabled parking placards to benefit from free and convenient parking. As well as the number of people that lie on their own tax returns, claim improper tax deductions, abuse store return policies, or do other bad acts.
However that percentage of abuse, which around service animal laws is hopefully small, could well be a very small investment when compared to the higher purpose of promoting access and equality for all.
In the end, you can't 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 ensure the disabled inside the great state of California have equal access under law.