Service Animals, Emotional Support, and Guide Dogs9121814
Sadly, some people are asking whether "service animal" laws are being abused by people 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 believe to be abusing the system. You hear some complain they had to sit near a dog at a restaurant they don't believe is a "real" service dog, or others complain that the neighbors use a pet in the "no pet" building because they claimed the animal is emotional support animal registration.
A few of the commentary posseses 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 raised their lives? In many ways.
For one, it can it harder to navigate bureaucracy on the planet when your claim of a disability as well as your service or emotional support animal's status is questioned. In case a landlord or business proprietor has heard negative stories claiming that some individuals are abusing the device, it can cause these phones look suspiciously whatsoever claimants.
Some landlord and business people have begun seeking proof of status, despite the fact that asking for written or any other evidence isn't necessarily 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 make.
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 fundamental to legitimate owners.
Although registration is optional, it will also help shortcut the housing rental and business access issues once the owner can create a simple document that may often satisfy the owner or landlord. Also, when working with public spaces, it is often easier to give over a document using a simple sentence stating, "This is a service animal" and letting the other party read the information, rather than having a long-winded protracted conversation (or even worse, argument) in public areas, with onlookers listening in and gathering around the discussion.
So, do some people scam the device, or game regulations? Sadly, the reply is "probably yes." In everyday life, there is always room for abuse and people can make an effort to take advantage of many systems that we as a society put in place to protect the rights of those that 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 shop return policies, or do other bad acts.
However that percentage of abuse, which in service animal laws is hopefully small, could well be a very small price to pay when compared to the higher objective of promoting access and equality for many.
In the end, you can not control any system to make it 100% abuse proof. So tolerating the not enough people who scam service animal laws will be the price we gladly pay to ensure the disabled inside the great state of California have equal access under law.