Service Animals, Emotional Support Animals, and Guide Dogs3364005
Sadly, some people are asking whether "service animal" laws are increasingly being abused by those who want to scam the machine.
There have been news stories, articles, opinion pieces and other editorials where people rant and complain about people they think to be abusing the machine. You hear some complain that they to sit near your dog at a restaurant they don't believe can be a "real" service dog, or others complain that the neighbors possess a pet in a "no pet" building because they claimed the pet is emotional support animal.
Some of the commentary comes with an indignant tone, and some people are downright angry.
How does this affect people who legitimately own and make use of a service animal to higher their lives? In many ways.
For one, it could it harder to navigate bureaucracy of the world when your claim of the disability as well as your service or emotional support animal's status is questioned. If a landlord or company owner has heard negative stories claiming that some people are abusing the machine, it can cause them to look suspiciously in any way claimants.
Some landlord and companies have begun asking for proof of status, although asking for written or other evidence might not be legal, and although many people who just love 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 just like the Service Animal Registry of California so important legitimate owners.
Although registration is optional, it will also help shortcut the housing rental and business access issues if the owner can produce a simple document that may often match the owner or landlord. Also, when utilizing public spaces, it is usually easier to give a document having a simple sentence stating, "This can be a service animal" and letting another party read the information, instead of having a long-winded protracted conversation (or worse yet, argument) in public, with onlookers listening in and gathering around the discussion.
So, do some people scam the machine, or game regulations? Sadly, the answer is "probably yes." In your life, there is always room for abuse and individuals can try to take advantage of many systems that people as a society put in place to protect the rights of those that 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 folks who lie on the tax returns, claim improper tax deductions, abuse shop return policies, or do other bad acts.
However that percentage of abuse, which in service animal laws is hopefully small, could well be a very small investment when compared to the higher purpose of promoting access and equality for many.
In the end, you cannot control any system making it 100% abuse proof. So tolerating the few individuals who scam service animal laws may be the price we gladly pay to ensure that the disabled within the great state of California have equal access under law.