Service Animals, Emotional Support, and Guide Dogs3380455
Sadly, many people are asking whether "service animal" laws are now being abused by people 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 machine. You hear some complain they had to sit near your dog at a restaurant which they don't believe is a "real" service dog, or others complain that the neighbors use a pet in a "no pet" building since they claimed the animal is esa doctors.
A number of the commentary has an indignant tone, and some people are downright angry.
How can this affect those who legitimately own and employ a service animal to raised their lives? In lots of ways.
For one, it could it harder to navigate bureaucracy on the planet when your claim of the disability along with your service or emotional support animal's status is questioned. If your landlord or business owner has heard negative stories claiming that many people are abusing the device, it can cause these to look suspiciously whatsoever claimants.
Some landlord and companies have begun requesting proof of status, although asking for written or another evidence isn't necessarily legal, although many people who just love legitimate service animals and emotional support animals haven't taken advantage of registering them, and therefore have no such documentation to produce.
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 will also help shortcut the housing rental and business access issues when the owner can produce a simple document that will often fulfill the owner or landlord. Also, when working with public spaces, it is usually easier to give over a document using a simple sentence stating, "This is a service animal" and letting one other party browse 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 system, or game what the law states? Sadly, the answer is "probably yes." In your life, there is always room for abuse and people can try to take advantage of many systems that we as a society set up to protect the rights of those that need such protection. For instance, many drivers falsely display disabled parking placards to take advantage of free and convenient parking. Not to mention the number of folks who 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 price to pay when compared to the higher goal of promoting access and equality for many.
In the end, you cannot control any system making it 100% abuse proof. So tolerating the few people who scam service animal laws may be the price we gladly pay to ensure the disabled in the great condition of California have equal access under law.