Service Animals, Emotional Support Animals, and Guide Dogs2716879
Sadly, some individuals 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 as well as other editorials where people rant and complain about people they think to be abusing the machine. You hear some complain that they had to sit near your dog at a restaurant they don't believe is a "real" service dog, or others complain their neighbors possess a pet in a "no pet" building since they claimed the pet is emotional support animal letter.
Some of the commentary has an indignant tone, plus some people are downright angry.
How does this affect those that legitimately own and make use of a service animal to higher their lives? In several ways.
For one, it can it more challenging to navigate bureaucracy on the planet when your claim of your disability along with your service or emotional support animal's status is questioned. In case a landlord or business owner has heard negative stories claiming that some people are abusing the system, it can cause them to look suspiciously at all claimants.
Some landlord and companies have begun requesting proof of status, despite the fact that asking for written or other evidence is not always legal, although many those who own legitimate service animals and emotional support animals haven't taken advantage of registering them, and thus have no such documentation to create.
It is the suspicious attitude and illegal demands of some landlords and business owners that make registrations services such as the Service Animal Registry of California so important 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 that will often match the owner or landlord. Also, when using public spaces, it's easier to give over a document having a simple sentence stating, "This is a service animal" and letting another party read the information, instead of having a long-winded protracted conversation (or even worse, argument) in public places, with onlookers listening in and gathering round the discussion.
So, perform some people scam the machine, or game regulations? Sadly, the reply is "probably yes." In your life, there is always room for abuse and individuals can make an effort to take advantage of many systems that people as a society applied 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 to mention the number of people that lie on their 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, might just be a very small investment when compared to the higher objective of promoting access and equality for many.
In the end, you cannot control any system to make it 100% abuse proof. So tolerating the few individuals who scam service animal laws is the price we gladly pay to make sure that the disabled in the great state of California have equal access under law.