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

There have been news stories, articles, opinion pieces and 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 your dog at a restaurant they don't believe can be a "real" service dog, varieties complain their neighbors possess a pet in a "no pet" building because they claimed the pet is esa doctors.

A number of the commentary posseses an indignant tone, and a few people are downright angry.

So how exactly does this affect those who legitimately own and employ a service animal to higher their lives? In lots of ways.

For one, it can it harder to navigate bureaucracy around the globe when your claim of your disability and your service or emotional support animal's status is questioned. If your landlord or business proprietor has heard negative stories claiming that many people are abusing the device, it can cause these phones look suspiciously at all claimants.

Some landlord and business owners have begun requesting proof of status, despite the fact that asking for written or any other evidence is not always legal, although many owners of legitimate service animals and emotional support animals haven't taken advantage of registering them, and thus have no such documentation to produce.

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 vital to legitimate owners.

Although registration is optional, it can help shortcut the housing rental and business access issues when the owner can produce a simple document which will often match the owner or landlord. Also, when using 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 see the information, as opposed to having a long-winded protracted conversation (or worse, argument) in public places, 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 answer is "probably yes." In everyday life, there is always room for abuse and individuals can try to take advantage of many systems that we as a society put in place to protect the rights of those who need such protection. For example, many drivers falsely display disabled parking placards to take advantage of free and convenient parking. Not to mention 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, could well be a very small investment when compared to the higher goal of promoting access and equality for all.

In the end, you can't control any system making it 100% abuse proof. So tolerating the not enough people who scam service animal laws is the price we gladly pay to make sure that the disabled in the great condition of California have equal access under law.