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Sadly, some individuals are asking whether "service animal" laws are increasingly being abused by those that want to scam the machine.

There have been news stories, articles, opinion pieces along with 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 that they don't believe is really a "real" service dog, varieties complain that their neighbors possess a pet inside a "no pet" building because they claimed your pet is esa doctors.

A number of the commentary has an indignant tone, and some people are downright angry.

So how exactly does this affect people who legitimately own and employ a service animal to raised their lives? In lots of ways.

For one, it could it more difficult to navigate bureaucracy around the globe when your claim of a disability as well as your service or emotional support animal's status is questioned. If your landlord or business proprietor has heard negative stories claiming that many people are abusing the machine, it can cause them to look suspiciously whatsoever claimants.

Some landlord and companies have begun asking for proof of status, although asking for written or another evidence is not always legal, although many owners of 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 important legitimate owners.

Although registration is optional, it can help shortcut the housing rental and business access issues once the owner can create a simple document that will 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 the other party read the information, rather than having a long-winded protracted conversation (or worse yet, argument) in public areas, with onlookers listening in and gathering around the discussion.

So, carry out some people scam the device, or game the law? Sadly, the answer then is "probably yes." In life, there is always room for abuse and individuals can attempt to take advantage of many systems that we as a society put in place to protect the rights of those who need such protection. For example, many drivers falsely display disabled parking placards to take advantage of free and convenient parking. Not forgetting the number of people who lie on the 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 price to pay when compared to the higher purpose of promoting access and equality for all.

In the end, you cannot control any system to make it 100% abuse proof. So tolerating the not enough people who scam service animal laws may be the price we gladly pay to ensure that the disabled inside the great condition of California have equal access under law.