Service Animals, Emotional Support Animals, and Guide Dogs5685865
Sadly, some individuals are asking whether "service animal" laws are being abused by those that 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 think to be abusing the system. You hear some complain they had to sit near your dog at a restaurant they don't believe is a "real" service dog, or others complain that their neighbors possess a pet inside a "no pet" building simply because they claimed the pet is emotional support animal registration.
A few of the commentary has an indignant tone, and a few people are downright angry.
So how exactly does this affect those that legitimately own and make use of a service animal to better their lives? In many ways.
For one, it could it more challenging to navigate bureaucracy around the globe when your claim of the disability along with your service or emotional support animal's status is questioned. If a landlord or business proprietor has heard negative stories claiming that some people are abusing the machine, it can cause them to look suspiciously at all claimants.
Some landlord and companies have begun asking for proof of status, although asking for written or another evidence isn't necessarily legal, although many those who own legitimate service animals and emotional support animals haven't taken advantage of registering them, and so have no such documentation to make.
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 will also help shortcut the housing rental and business access issues if the owner can produce a simple document that may often fulfill the owner or landlord. Also, when working with public spaces, it's easier to hand over a document having a simple sentence stating, "This is really a service animal" and letting another party see the information, rather than having a long-winded protracted conversation (or worse, argument) in public places, with onlookers listening in and gathering around the discussion.
So, perform 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 attempt to take advantage of many systems that individuals as a society set up to protect the rights of people who need such protection. For example, many drivers falsely display disabled parking placards to take advantage of free and convenient parking. As well as the number of people that 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 purpose of promoting access and equality for many.
In the end, you can't control any system to really make it 100% abuse proof. So tolerating the few people 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.