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Sadly, some people are asking whether "service animal" laws are now 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 believe to be abusing the device. You hear some complain that they to sit near a dog at a restaurant they don't believe can be a "real" service dog, forms of languages complain that the neighbors have a pet inside a "no pet" building since they claimed the animal is emotional support animal registration.

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

So how exactly does this affect people who legitimately own and employ a service animal to raised their lives? In many ways.

For one, it may 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 your landlord or business proprietor 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 business owners have begun asking for proof of status, although asking for written or another 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 create.

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 help shortcut the housing rental and business access issues once the owner can create a simple document that will often match the owner or landlord. Also, when using public spaces, it's easier to hand over a document having a simple sentence stating, "This is a service animal" and letting another party browse the information, instead of having a long-winded protracted conversation (or worse, argument) in public areas, with onlookers listening in and gathering round the discussion.

So, do some people scam the device, or game the law? Sadly, the answer then is "probably yes." In life, there is always room for abuse and people can attempt to take advantage of many systems that we as a society set up to protect the rights of those who need such protection. For instance, many drivers falsely display disabled parking placards to take advantage of free and convenient parking. As well as the number of folks who lie on their own tax returns, claim improper tax deductions, abuse store return policies, or do other bad acts.

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

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