Service Animals, Emotional Support, and Guide Dogs4885242

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Sadly, many people are asking whether "service animal" laws are now being abused by those who want to scam the device.

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 system. You hear some complain they had to sit near your dog at a restaurant that they don't believe can be a "real" service dog, or others complain that the neighbors have a pet in the "no pet" building because they claimed your pet is esa doctors.

A few 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 use a service animal to better their lives? In many ways.

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

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

It is the suspicious attitude and illegal demands of some landlords and business people that make registrations services 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 once the owner can produce a simple document which will often satisfy the owner or landlord. Also, when working with public spaces, it is usually easier to give over a document having a simple sentence stating, "This can be a service animal" and letting the other party browse the information, rather than having a long-winded protracted conversation (or even worse, argument) in public, with onlookers listening in and gathering around the discussion.

So, perform some people scam the device, or game regulations? Sadly, the answer is "probably yes." In life, there is always room for abuse the ones can attempt to take advantage of many systems that individuals as a society put in place to protect the rights of those that need such protection. As an example, many drivers falsely display disabled parking placards to take advantage of free and convenient parking. Not forgetting the number of folks 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, might just be a very small price to pay when compared to the higher purpose of promoting access and equality for those.

In the end, you cannot control any system making it 100% abuse proof. So tolerating the few individuals who scam service animal laws may be the price we gladly pay to ensure the disabled within the great condition of California have equal access under law.