Service Animals, Emotional Support, and Guide Dogs6656072
Sadly, many people are asking whether "service animal" laws are now 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 machine. You hear some complain they had to sit near a dog at a restaurant they don't believe can be a "real" service dog, or others complain their neighbors use a pet in the "no pet" building because they claimed your pet is esa doctors.
Some of the commentary has an indignant tone, plus some people are downright angry.
How does this affect those who legitimately own and make use of a service animal to higher their lives? In lots of ways.
For one, it could it harder 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 owner has heard negative stories claiming that some people are abusing the machine, it can cause these phones look suspiciously at all claimants.
Some landlord and companies have begun requesting proof of status, although asking for written or another evidence is not always legal, and even though many owners of legitimate service animals and emotional support animals never have taken advantage of registering them, and therefore 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 important legitimate owners.
Although registration is optional, it will also help shortcut the housing rental and business access issues if the owner can produce a simple document that may often fulfill the owner or landlord. Also, when utilizing public spaces, it's easier to hand over a document using a simple sentence stating, "This is 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, with onlookers listening in and gathering across the discussion.
So, perform some people scam the device, or game what the law states? Sadly, the reply is "probably yes." In everyday life, there is always room for abuse the ones can try to take advantage of many systems that we as a society set up to protect the rights of people 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 tax returns, claim improper tax deductions, abuse store return policies, or do other bad acts.
However that percentage of abuse, which in service animal laws is hopefully small, is arguably a very small investment when compared to the higher objective 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 will be the price we gladly pay to ensure that the disabled in the great state of California have equal access under law.