Service Animals, Emotional Support, and Guide Dogs7919363
Sadly, some individuals are asking whether "service animal" laws are increasingly being abused by those who want to scam the machine.
There have been news stories, articles, opinion pieces along with other editorials where people rant and complain about people they think to be abusing the machine. You hear some complain that they to sit near a dog at a restaurant which they don't believe is a "real" service dog, varieties complain that their neighbors have a pet inside a "no pet" building because they claimed your pet is emotional support animal registration.
Some of the commentary posseses an indignant tone, plus some people are downright angry.
How can this affect those that legitimately own and use a service animal to better their lives? In lots of ways.
For one, it may it more difficult to navigate bureaucracy of the world when your claim of a disability and your service or emotional support animal's status is questioned. If a landlord or business proprietor has heard negative stories claiming that some individuals are abusing the machine, it can cause them to look suspiciously in any way claimants.
Some landlord and business owners have begun requesting proof of status, although asking for written or another evidence might not be legal, 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 produce.
It is the suspicious attitude and illegal demands of some landlords and companies 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 that will often satisfy the owner or landlord. Also, when using public spaces, it is usually easier to give a document with a simple sentence stating, "This is a service animal" and letting one other party read the information, rather than having a long-winded protracted conversation (or worse, argument) in public, with onlookers listening in and gathering around the discussion.
So, carry out some people scam the machine, or game regulations? 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 people as a society applied to protect the rights of people who need such protection. For example, many drivers falsely display disabled parking placards to take advantage of free and convenient parking. As well as the number of people that 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 in the area of 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 all.
In the end, you can't control any system to really make it 100% abuse proof. So tolerating the few individuals who scam service animal laws may be the price we gladly pay to ensure that the disabled in the great condition of California have equal access under law.