Service Animals, Emotional Support, and Guide Dogs7488511
Sadly, some people are asking whether "service animal" laws are being abused by those that want to scam the system.
There have been news stories, articles, opinion pieces as well as other editorials where people rant and complain about people they think to be abusing the system. You hear some complain that they to sit near a dog at a restaurant which they don't believe is really a "real" service dog, varieties complain their neighbors use a pet in the "no pet" building since they claimed your pet is emotional support animal registration.
A few 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 make use of a service animal to better their lives? In lots of ways.
For one, it can it more challenging to navigate bureaucracy around the globe when your claim of your 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 many people are abusing the device, it can cause these to look suspiciously whatsoever claimants.
Some landlord and business people have begun requesting proof of status, despite the fact that asking for written or another evidence might not be legal, and although many owners of legitimate service animals and emotional support animals have not taken advantage of registering them, and so have no such documentation to produce.
It is the suspicious attitude and illegal demands of some landlords and business owners that make registrations services such as the Service Animal Registry of California so vital to legitimate owners.
Although registration is optional, it will also help shortcut the housing rental and business access issues when the owner can certainly produce a simple document that will often satisfy the owner or landlord. Also, when working with public spaces, it is often easier to hand over a document using a simple sentence stating, "This is really a service animal" and letting one other party browse the information, instead of having a long-winded protracted conversation (or worse, argument) in public, with onlookers listening in and gathering across the discussion.
So, carry out some people scam the system, or game the law? Sadly, the answer is "probably yes." In your life, there is always room for abuse the ones can try to take advantage of many systems that individuals as a society applied to protect the rights of those who 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 people that lie on their own tax returns, claim improper tax deductions, abuse shop 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 those.
In the end, you can't control any system making it 100% abuse proof. So tolerating the few individuals who scam service animal laws may be the price we gladly pay to make sure that the disabled inside the great condition of California have equal access under law.