Service Animals, Emotional Support, and Guide Dogs9010830
Sadly, many people are asking whether "service animal" laws are now being abused by people who 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 feel to be abusing the machine. You hear some complain they had to sit near your pet dog at a restaurant that they don't believe is really a "real" service dog, varieties complain their neighbors use a pet in a "no pet" building since they claimed the pet is esa doctors.
Some of the commentary comes with an indignant tone, and some people are downright angry.
How can this affect people who legitimately own and use a service animal to raised 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. If a landlord or business proprietor has heard negative stories claiming that some individuals are abusing the device, it can cause them to look suspiciously whatsoever claimants.
Some landlord and business owners have begun asking for proof of status, even though asking for written or another evidence is not always legal, and although many people who just love legitimate service animals and emotional support animals haven't taken advantage of registering them, and so have no such documentation to create.
It is the suspicious attitude and illegal demands of some landlords and business people that make registrations services just like the Service Animal Registry of California so fundamental 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 fulfill the owner or landlord. Also, when utilizing public spaces, it is often easier to hand over a document with a simple sentence stating, "This is a service animal" and letting another party see the information, instead of having a long-winded protracted conversation (or even worse, argument) in public areas, with onlookers listening in and gathering around the discussion.
So, carry out some people scam the system, or game what the law states? Sadly, the reply is "probably yes." In life, there is always room for abuse the ones can attempt to take advantage of many systems that we as a society set up 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. Not forgetting the number of people 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 around 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 cannot 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 ensure that the disabled in the great condition of California have equal access under law.