Service Animals, Emotional Support Animals, and Guide Dogs4292782
Sadly, some people are asking whether "service animal" laws are now being abused by those that want to scam the system.
There have been news stories, articles, opinion pieces as well as other editorials where people rant and complain about people they believe to be abusing the system. You hear some complain they had to sit near your pet dog at a restaurant which they don't believe can be a "real" service dog, varieties complain that the neighbors have a pet in a "no pet" building simply because they claimed the animal is emotional support animal letter.
A few of the commentary posseses an indignant tone, and some people are downright angry.
How can this affect those that legitimately own and employ a service animal to higher their lives? In lots of ways.
For one, it may it harder to navigate bureaucracy on the planet when your claim of the disability along with your service or emotional support animal's status is questioned. If a landlord or business owner has heard negative stories claiming that some individuals are abusing the system, it can cause these phones look suspiciously in any way claimants.
Some landlord and business owners have begun requesting proof of status, although asking for written or other evidence is not always legal, and although many people who just love legitimate service animals and emotional support animals have not taken advantage of registering them, and therefore have no such documentation to produce.
It is the suspicious attitude and illegal demands of some landlords and companies that make registrations services such as the Service Animal Registry of California so fundamental to legitimate owners.
Although registration is optional, it can benefit shortcut the housing rental and business access issues if the owner can create a simple document which will often satisfy the owner or landlord. Also, when working with public spaces, it is often easier to give over a document with a simple sentence stating, "This is really a service animal" and letting another party browse the information, rather than having a long-winded protracted conversation (or even worse, argument) in public, with onlookers listening in and gathering round the discussion.
So, perform some people scam the machine, or game the law? Sadly, the reply is "probably yes." In life, there is always room for abuse the ones can make an effort to take advantage of many systems that individuals as a society applied to protect the rights of people who need such protection. As an 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 shop 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 objective of promoting access and equality for many.
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 is the price we gladly pay to ensure that the disabled in the great state of California have equal access under law.