Service Animals, Emotional Support, and Guide Dogs1911659
Sadly, some people are asking whether "service animal" laws are increasingly 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 machine. You hear some complain they had to sit near your dog at a restaurant which they don't believe can be a "real" service dog, or others complain that the neighbors possess a pet in the "no pet" building since they claimed the pet is emotional support animal letter.
A few of the commentary posseses an indignant tone, and some people are downright angry.
So how exactly does this affect those who legitimately own and use 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 a disability and 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 them to look suspiciously whatsoever claimants.
Some landlord and companies have begun asking for proof of status, although asking for written or other evidence isn't necessarily legal, and even though many owners of legitimate service animals and emotional support animals haven't taken advantage of registering them, and thus 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 important legitimate owners.
Although registration is optional, it can help shortcut the housing rental and business access issues when the owner can create a simple document that may often satisfy the owner or landlord. Also, when using public spaces, it is usually easier to hand over a document using a simple sentence stating, "This is really a service animal" and letting another party read the information, instead of having a long-winded protracted conversation (or even worse, argument) in public places, 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 everyday life, there is always room for abuse and individuals can try to take advantage of many systems that individuals as a society applied to protect the rights of people 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 people that lie on their tax returns, claim improper tax deductions, abuse retail store return policies, or do other bad acts.
However that percentage of abuse, which in the area of service animal laws is hopefully small, is arguably a very small investment when compared to the higher goal of promoting access and equality for all.
In the end, you can not control any system making it 100% abuse proof. So tolerating the not enough people who scam service animal laws is the price we gladly pay to ensure the disabled within the great state of California have equal access under law.