Service Animals, Emotional Support, and Guide Dogs3415231

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Sadly, many people are asking whether "service animal" laws are being abused by people who 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 believe to be abusing the device. You hear some complain they had to sit near your dog at a restaurant they don't believe can be a "real" service dog, or others complain that their neighbors possess a pet inside a "no pet" building since they claimed the pet is emotional support animal letter.

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

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

For one, it could it more challenging to navigate bureaucracy around the globe when your claim of a disability as well as your service or emotional support animal's status is questioned. If a landlord or business proprietor has heard negative stories claiming that some individuals are abusing the machine, it can cause them to look suspiciously at all claimants.

Some landlord and business people have begun asking for proof of status, although asking for written or another evidence might not be legal, and although many owners of legitimate service animals and emotional support animals haven't taken advantage of registering them, and so have no such documentation to create.

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 if the owner can produce a simple document that may often satisfy the owner or landlord. Also, when using public spaces, it is usually easier to give a document with a simple sentence stating, "This can be a service animal" and letting one other party read the information, as opposed to having a long-winded protracted conversation (or worse yet, argument) in public places, with onlookers listening in and gathering around the discussion.

So, carry out 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 people can try to take advantage of many systems that we as a society put in place to protect the rights of those that need such protection. For example, many drivers falsely display disabled parking placards to take advantage of free and convenient parking. Not forgetting the number of people who lie on the tax returns, claim improper tax deductions, abuse store return policies, or do other bad acts.

But that percentage of abuse, which in service animal laws is hopefully small, could well be a very small investment when compared to the higher goal of promoting access and equality for those.

In the end, you can't control any system to 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 in the great state of California have equal access under law.