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Sadly, some people are asking whether "service animal" laws are being abused by those who want to scam the system.

There have been news stories, articles, opinion pieces and other editorials where people rant and complain about people they think to be abusing the device. You hear some complain that they had to sit near your pet dog at a restaurant they don't believe is really a "real" service dog, forms of languages complain that the neighbors have a pet inside a "no pet" building because they claimed the animal is emotional support animal.

A number 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 higher their lives? In lots of ways.

For one, it could it more challenging to navigate bureaucracy around the globe when your claim of the disability along with your service or emotional support animal's status is questioned. In case a landlord or business proprietor has heard negative stories claiming that some people are abusing the system, it can cause these phones look suspiciously at all claimants.

Some landlord and companies have begun asking for proof of status, even though asking for written or other evidence is not always legal, and even though many owners of legitimate service animals and emotional support animals haven't taken advantage of registering them, and therefore have no such documentation to produce.

It is the suspicious attitude and illegal demands of some landlords and business people that make registrations services such as the Service Animal Registry of California so vital to legitimate owners.

Although registration is optional, it can benefit 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 using public spaces, it is usually easier to give over a document having a simple sentence stating, "This is really a service animal" and letting one other party read the information, instead of having a long-winded protracted conversation (or worse yet, argument) in public places, with onlookers listening in and gathering across the discussion.

So, perform some people scam the system, or game what the law states? Sadly, the reply is "probably yes." In your life, there is always room for abuse and people can make an effort to take advantage of many systems that people as a society set up to protect the rights of people who need such protection. For instance, many drivers falsely display disabled parking placards to benefit from free and convenient parking. Not forgetting the number of folks who lie on their own tax returns, claim improper tax deductions, abuse store return policies, or do other bad acts.

But that percentage of abuse, which in the area of service animal laws is hopefully small, is arguably a very small price to pay when compared to the higher goal of promoting access and equality for those.

In the end, you cannot control any system making it 100% abuse proof. So tolerating the few people who scam service animal laws is the price we gladly pay to ensure that the disabled inside the great state of California have equal access under law.