Service Animals, Emotional Support Animals, and Guide Dogs2086924
Sadly, some people are asking whether "service animal" laws are increasingly being abused by those who want to scam the device.
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 system. You hear some complain that they had to sit near your pet dog at a restaurant which they don't believe is really a "real" service dog, or others complain their neighbors use a pet inside a "no pet" building because they claimed your pet is esa doctors near me.
A few of the commentary has an indignant tone, and some people are downright angry.
How can this affect those who legitimately own and make use of a service animal to better their lives? In several ways.
For one, it could it more challenging to navigate bureaucracy around the globe when your claim of your disability along with your service or emotional support animal's status is questioned. If a landlord or company owner has heard negative stories claiming that some individuals are abusing the system, it can cause them to look suspiciously whatsoever claimants.
Some landlord and companies have begun requesting proof of status, even though asking for written or another evidence is not always legal, and although many those who own legitimate service animals and emotional support animals have not 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 companies that make registrations services just like the Service Animal Registry of California so fundamental to legitimate owners.
Although registration is optional, it can help shortcut the housing rental and business access issues when the owner can create a simple document that may often match the owner or landlord. Also, when using public spaces, it's easier to give over a document using a simple sentence stating, "This is really a service animal" and letting another party read the information, instead of having a long-winded protracted conversation (or worse yet, argument) in public areas, with onlookers listening in and gathering around the discussion.
So, perform some people scam the device, or game the law? Sadly, the answer then is "probably yes." In 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 people who need such protection. For example, many drivers falsely display disabled parking placards to benefit from free and convenient parking. As well as the number of people who lie on the tax returns, claim improper tax deductions, abuse shop 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 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 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.