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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 along with other editorials where people rant and complain about people they think to be abusing the system. You hear some complain they had to sit near your pet dog at a restaurant that they don't believe can be a "real" service dog, varieties complain their neighbors possess a pet in a "no pet" building since they claimed the pet is emotional support animal letter.

A few of the commentary posseses an indignant tone, plus some people are downright angry.

How does this affect those who legitimately own and employ a service animal to higher their lives? In many ways.

For one, it can it more challenging to navigate bureaucracy of the world 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 device, it can cause these to look suspiciously in any way claimants.

Some landlord and business owners have begun asking for proof of status, even though asking for written or other evidence is not always legal, and although many owners of 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 can help shortcut the housing rental and business access issues if the owner can produce a simple document that will often fulfill the owner or landlord. Also, when working with public spaces, it is often easier to give over a document using a simple sentence stating, "This can be a service animal" and letting the other party see the information, instead of having a long-winded protracted conversation (or even worse, argument) in public, with onlookers listening in and gathering around the discussion.

So, perform some people scam the device, or game what the law states? Sadly, the answer is "probably yes." In life, there is always room for abuse and people can try to take advantage of many systems that we as a society applied 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. Not to mention the number of people that lie on their own tax returns, claim improper tax deductions, abuse shop return policies, or do other bad acts.

But that percentage of abuse, which in service animal laws is hopefully small, could well be a very small investment when compared to the higher goal of promoting access and equality for all.

In the end, you can't control any system to make it 100% abuse proof. So tolerating the few individuals who scam service animal laws will be the price we gladly pay to ensure that the disabled within the great state of California have equal access under law.