Service Animals, Emotional Support, and Guide Dogs122742
Sadly, some people are asking whether "service animal" laws are increasingly being abused by those 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 believe to be abusing the device. You hear some complain that they had to sit near your dog at a restaurant which they don't believe is really a "real" service dog, varieties complain that the neighbors possess a pet in a "no pet" building because they claimed your pet is emotional support animal registration.
A few of the commentary posseses an indignant tone, plus some people are downright angry.
How does this affect those that legitimately own and make use of a service animal to better their lives? In lots of ways.
For one, it may it more difficult to navigate bureaucracy on the planet when your claim of the disability as well as 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 these phones look suspiciously in any way claimants.
Some landlord and business people have begun requesting proof of status, even though asking for written or other evidence might not be legal, and even though many owners of legitimate service animals and emotional support animals haven't 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 just 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 if the owner can produce a simple document that may often satisfy the owner or landlord. Also, when working with public spaces, it is often easier to give a document using a simple sentence stating, "This is really a service animal" and letting another party see the information, instead of having a long-winded protracted conversation (or worse yet, argument) in public, with onlookers listening in and gathering across the discussion.
So, perform some people scam the system, or game regulations? Sadly, the reply is "probably yes." In your life, there is always room for abuse the ones can make an effort to take advantage of many systems that people as a society applied to protect the rights of those who need such protection. As an example, many drivers falsely display disabled parking placards to benefit from free and convenient parking. Not to mention the number of people who 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 goal of promoting access and equality for those.
In the end, you cannot control any system to really make it 100% abuse proof. So tolerating the few individuals who scam service animal laws may be the price we gladly pay to ensure the disabled in the great condition of California have equal access under law.