Service Animals, Emotional Support, and Guide Dogs4405884
Sadly, some people are asking whether "service animal" laws are increasingly being abused by people who 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 believe to be abusing the machine. You hear some complain that they to sit near your dog at a restaurant they don't believe is really a "real" service dog, or others complain their neighbors use a pet in the "no pet" building because they claimed the animal is emotional support animal letter.
A number of the commentary posseses an indignant tone, and some people are downright angry.
So how exactly does this affect those that legitimately own and make use of a service animal to higher their lives? In several ways.
For one, it can it harder to navigate bureaucracy on the planet when your claim of a disability and your service or emotional support animal's status is questioned. In case 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 companies have begun seeking proof of status, even though asking for written or another evidence might not be legal, although many owners of legitimate service animals and emotional support animals have not taken advantage of registering them, and thus have no such documentation to produce.
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 fundamental to legitimate owners.
Although registration is optional, it can benefit shortcut the housing rental and business access issues once the owner can certainly produce a simple document that may often satisfy the owner or landlord. Also, when utilizing public spaces, it's easier to hand over a document using a simple sentence stating, "This is really a service animal" and letting the other party see the information, instead of having a long-winded protracted conversation (or worse yet, argument) in public places, with onlookers listening in and gathering around the discussion.
So, do some people scam the device, or game what the law states? Sadly, the answer is "probably yes." In your life, there is always room for abuse the ones can attempt to take advantage of many systems that people 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 benefit from free and convenient parking. As well as the number of folks who lie on the tax returns, claim improper tax deductions, abuse store 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 investment when compared to the higher purpose of promoting access and equality for those.
In the end, you can not control any system to make it 100% abuse proof. So tolerating the few individuals who scam service animal laws will be the price we gladly pay to ensure the disabled within the great state of California have equal access under law.