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Sadly, many 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 along with other editorials where people rant and complain about people they feel to be abusing the system. You hear some complain that they to sit near your pet dog at a restaurant that they don't believe can be a "real" service dog, or others complain that the neighbors have a pet in the "no pet" building since they claimed your pet is emotional support animal registration.

A number of the commentary comes with an indignant tone, and a few people are downright angry.

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

For one, it could it more difficult to navigate bureaucracy on the planet when your claim of your disability as well as your service or emotional support animal's status is questioned. If your landlord or business owner has heard negative stories claiming that some individuals are abusing the device, it can cause these to look suspiciously whatsoever claimants.

Some landlord and business people have begun requesting proof of status, even though asking for written or any other evidence isn't necessarily legal, although many people who just love legitimate service animals and emotional support animals never have taken advantage of registering them, and therefore have no such documentation to make.

It is the suspicious attitude and illegal demands of some landlords and business people that make registrations services just like the Service Animal Registry of California so vital to legitimate owners.

Although registration is optional, it will also help shortcut the housing rental and business access issues when the owner can create a simple document which will often satisfy the owner or landlord. Also, when utilizing public spaces, it is usually easier to give a document with a simple sentence stating, "This is really a service animal" and letting another party read the information, rather than having a long-winded protracted conversation (or worse yet, argument) in public places, with onlookers listening in and gathering across the discussion.

So, carry out some people scam the system, or game the law? Sadly, the answer is "probably yes." In life, there is always room for abuse the ones can try to take advantage of many systems that individuals as a society applied to protect the rights of those who need such protection. As an example, many drivers falsely display disabled parking placards to take advantage of free and convenient parking. As well as the number of people who lie on their tax returns, claim improper tax deductions, abuse retail store return policies, or do other bad acts.

But that percentage of abuse, which in service animal laws is hopefully small, is arguably a very small price to pay when compared to the higher purpose of promoting access and equality for those.

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 will be the price we gladly pay to ensure that the disabled inside the great condition of California have equal access under law.