Service Animals, Emotional Support, and Guide Dogs6942441
Sadly, many people are asking whether "service animal" laws are increasingly being abused by those that 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 feel to be abusing the machine. You hear some complain that they to sit near a dog at a restaurant they don't believe can be a "real" service dog, or others complain that their neighbors have a pet in a "no pet" building because they claimed the pet is emotional support animal letter.
Some of the commentary comes with an indignant tone, and some people are downright angry.
How can this affect those that legitimately own and make use of a service animal to raised their lives? In many ways.
For one, it may it harder to navigate bureaucracy of the world when your claim of a disability as well as your service or emotional support animal's status is questioned. In case a landlord or company owner has heard negative stories claiming that some people are abusing the system, it can cause them to look suspiciously at all claimants.
Some landlord and companies have begun seeking proof of status, even though asking for written or any other evidence might not be legal, although many those who own 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 owners 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 when the owner can produce a simple document which will often satisfy the owner or landlord. Also, when using public spaces, it's easier to give over a document with a simple sentence stating, "This is really a service animal" and letting one other party read the information, rather than having a long-winded protracted conversation (or worse yet, argument) in public, with onlookers listening in and gathering around the discussion.
So, perform some people scam the device, or game the law? Sadly, the answer is "probably yes." In everyday life, there is always room for abuse the ones can attempt to take advantage of many systems that individuals as a society applied 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. Not forgetting the number of folks who lie on the tax returns, claim improper tax deductions, abuse store return policies, or do other bad acts.
But that percentage of abuse, which in service animal laws is hopefully small, could well be a very small investment when compared to the higher purpose of promoting access and equality for those.
In the end, you can not control any system to 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 within the great state of California have equal access under law.