Service Animals, Emotional Support, and Guide Dogs6482312
Sadly, some people are asking whether "service animal" laws are being abused by those who want to scam the device.
There have been news stories, articles, opinion pieces as well as other editorials where people rant and complain about people they believe to be abusing the device. You hear some complain they had to sit near your pet dog at a restaurant they don't believe is really a "real" service dog, forms of languages complain their neighbors have a pet in a "no pet" building since they claimed the animal is emotional support animal.
Some of the commentary comes with an indignant tone, plus some people are downright angry.
So how exactly does this affect people who legitimately own and use a service animal to raised their lives? In lots of ways.
For one, it could it more difficult to navigate bureaucracy on the planet when your claim of a disability along with your service or emotional support animal's status is questioned. If a landlord or business proprietor has heard negative stories claiming that some people are abusing the machine, it can cause these to look suspiciously at all claimants.
Some landlord and business owners have begun seeking proof of status, despite the fact that asking for written or other evidence is not always legal, and although many those who own legitimate service animals and emotional support animals haven't taken advantage of registering them, and so 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 benefit shortcut the housing rental and business access issues if the owner can create a simple document that will often satisfy the owner or landlord. Also, when working with public spaces, it is usually easier to give a document using a simple sentence stating, "This is really a service animal" and letting one other party browse the information, rather than having a long-winded protracted conversation (or even worse, argument) in public places, with onlookers listening in and gathering across the discussion.
So, carry out some people scam the device, or game regulations? Sadly, the answer is "probably yes." In life, there is always room for abuse and people can try to take advantage of many systems that individuals as a society set up to protect the rights of those that need such protection. For instance, many drivers falsely display disabled parking placards to take advantage of free and convenient parking. As well as the number of people who lie on their tax returns, claim improper tax deductions, abuse retail store return policies, or do other bad acts.
But that percentage of abuse, which in 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 can not control any system making it 100% abuse proof. So tolerating the not enough people who scam service animal laws may be the price we gladly pay to make sure that the disabled within the great state of California have equal access under law.