Service Animals, Emotional Support, and Guide Dogs6656012
Sadly, some individuals are asking whether "service animal" laws are increasingly being abused by those that 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 system. You hear some complain that they had to sit near your pet dog at a restaurant that they don't believe is a "real" service dog, varieties complain that their neighbors use a pet inside a "no pet" building since they claimed the animal is how to ask doctor for emotional support animal.
A few of the commentary comes with an indignant tone, and a few people are downright angry.
So how exactly does this affect those who legitimately own and employ a service animal to better their lives? In many ways.
For one, it can it more challenging 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. In case a landlord or business owner has heard negative stories claiming that some people are abusing the system, it can cause these phones look suspiciously at all claimants.
Some landlord and business people have begun seeking proof of status, despite the fact that asking for written or another evidence isn't necessarily legal, and 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 business people that make registrations services 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 if the owner can certainly produce a simple document which will often satisfy the owner or landlord. Also, when utilizing public spaces, it's easier to give over a document using a simple sentence stating, "This can be a service animal" and letting one other party browse the information, as opposed to having a long-winded protracted conversation (or even worse, argument) in public places, with onlookers listening in and gathering round the discussion.
So, do some people scam the device, or game what the law states? Sadly, the answer then is "probably yes." In your life, there is always room for abuse and individuals can make an effort to take advantage of many systems that individuals as a society set up to protect the rights of those who need such protection. For instance, many drivers falsely display disabled parking placards to benefit from free and convenient parking. Not forgetting the number of people who lie on their own tax returns, claim improper tax deductions, abuse shop return policies, or do other bad acts.
However that percentage of abuse, which around service animal laws is hopefully small, is arguably a very small investment when compared to the higher purpose of promoting access and equality for many.
In the end, you can not control any system to really make it 100% abuse proof. So tolerating the few people who scam service animal laws may be the price we gladly pay to make sure that the disabled in the great condition of California have equal access under law.