Service Animals, Emotional Support, and Guide Dogs2354184
Sadly, some people 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 and other editorials where people rant and complain about people they think to be abusing the machine. You hear some complain that they to sit near a dog at a restaurant that they don't believe is a "real" service dog, forms of languages complain that their neighbors use a pet in the "no pet" building simply because they claimed the animal is esa letter.
A few of the commentary posseses an indignant tone, and some people are downright angry.
How can this affect people who legitimately own and use a service animal to higher their lives? In many ways.
For one, it can it harder to navigate bureaucracy of the world when your claim of your disability as well as your service or emotional support animal's status is questioned. If a landlord or business proprietor has heard negative stories claiming that many people are abusing the machine, it can cause these to look suspiciously in any way claimants.
Some landlord and companies have begun seeking proof of status, even though asking for written or another evidence isn't necessarily legal, although many owners of legitimate service animals and emotional support animals never have 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 business owners that make registrations services just like the Service Animal Registry of California so vital to legitimate owners.
Although registration is optional, it can benefit shortcut the housing rental and business access issues when the owner can produce a simple document that will often satisfy the owner or landlord. Also, when working with public spaces, it is usually easier to hand over a document having a simple sentence stating, "This can be a service animal" and letting another party read the information, rather than having a long-winded protracted conversation (or worse yet, argument) in public places, with onlookers listening in and gathering across the discussion.
So, perform some people scam the system, or game the law? 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 we as a society put in place to protect the rights of people who need such protection. For example, many drivers falsely display disabled parking placards to take advantage of free and convenient parking. Not to mention the number of folks who lie on their own tax returns, claim improper tax deductions, abuse retail store return policies, or do other bad acts.
However that percentage of abuse, which in the area of service animal laws is hopefully small, could well be a very small price to pay when compared to the higher purpose of promoting access and equality for those.
In the end, you can't control any system making it 100% abuse proof. So tolerating the not enough people who scam service animal laws will be the price we gladly pay to make sure that the disabled in the great condition of California have equal access under law.