Service Animals, Emotional Support, and Guide Dogs4904591
Sadly, many people are asking whether "service animal" laws are now being abused by those that want to scam the machine.
There have been news stories, articles, opinion pieces and other editorials where people rant and complain about people they think to be abusing the machine. You hear some complain that they had to sit near your pet dog at a restaurant which they don't believe is really a "real" service dog, or others complain that their neighbors use a pet in a "no pet" building simply because they claimed the pet is emotional support animal letter.
Some of the commentary posseses an indignant tone, and some people are downright angry.
So how exactly does this affect those that legitimately own and use a service animal to raised their lives? In several ways.
For one, it could it more difficult to navigate bureaucracy on the planet when your claim of your disability along with your service or emotional support animal's status is questioned. In case a landlord or business owner has heard negative stories claiming that many people are abusing the machine, it can cause these phones look suspiciously whatsoever claimants.
Some landlord and companies 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 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 help shortcut the housing rental and business access issues if the owner can certainly produce a simple document that may often fulfill the owner or landlord. Also, when using public spaces, it is often easier to hand over a document having a simple sentence stating, "This is a service animal" and letting another party read the information, rather than having a long-winded protracted conversation (or worse, argument) in public places, with onlookers listening in and gathering around the discussion.
So, carry out some people scam the machine, or game what the law states? Sadly, the reply is "probably yes." In everyday life, there is always room for abuse the ones 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. As an example, many drivers falsely display disabled parking placards to benefit from free and convenient parking. Not forgetting the number of people who lie on their own tax returns, claim improper tax deductions, abuse retail 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 price to pay when compared to the higher goal of promoting access and equality for those.
In the end, you can not control any system to really make it 100% abuse proof. So tolerating the not enough people who scam service animal laws is the price we gladly pay to make sure that the disabled in the great state of California have equal access under law.