Service Animals, Emotional Support Animals, and Guide Dogs1999960
Sadly, some people are asking whether "service animal" laws are now being abused by people who want to scam the device.
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 that they to sit near your dog at a restaurant which they don't believe is really a "real" service dog, or others complain that the neighbors have a pet in a "no pet" building simply because they claimed your pet is esa doctors.
A few of the commentary comes with an indignant tone, and a few people are downright angry.
How can this affect those that legitimately own and make use of a service animal to raised their lives? In several 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. In case a landlord or company owner has heard negative stories claiming that some people are abusing the system, it can cause them to look suspiciously whatsoever claimants.
Some landlord and companies have begun requesting proof of status, despite the fact that asking for written or another evidence is not always legal, and although many owners of legitimate service animals and emotional support animals have not taken advantage of registering them, and therefore have no such documentation to create.
It is the suspicious attitude and illegal demands of some landlords and business owners 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 fulfill the owner or landlord. Also, when utilizing public spaces, it is usually easier to hand over a document using a simple sentence stating, "This is a service animal" and letting one other party see the information, as opposed to having a long-winded protracted conversation (or worse yet, argument) in public, with onlookers listening in and gathering round the discussion.
So, carry out some people scam the device, or game regulations? Sadly, the answer is "probably yes." In life, there is always room for abuse and individuals can try to take advantage of many systems that individuals as a society applied to protect the rights of those that need such protection. For example, 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 retail store return policies, or do other bad acts.
However that percentage of abuse, which in the area of service animal laws is hopefully small, might just be a very small investment when compared to the higher goal of promoting access and equality for all.
In the end, you can not control any system to really make it 100% abuse proof. So tolerating the not enough people who scam service animal laws may be the price we gladly pay to ensure the disabled in the great condition of California have equal access under law.