Service Animals, Emotional Support, and Guide Dogs5027246
Sadly, many people are asking whether "service animal" laws are being abused by people who want to scam the machine.
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 that they to sit near a dog at a restaurant that they don't believe is really a "real" service dog, forms of languages complain that their neighbors use a pet inside a "no pet" building because they claimed the pet is emotional support animal registration.
Some of the commentary has an indignant tone, and a few people are downright angry.
So how exactly does this affect people who legitimately own and make use of a service animal to better their lives? In lots of ways.
For one, it could it harder to navigate bureaucracy on the planet when your claim of the disability and your service or emotional support animal's status is questioned. In case a landlord or company owner has heard negative stories claiming that some people are abusing the machine, it can cause these phones look suspiciously whatsoever claimants.
Some landlord and companies have begun seeking proof of status, although asking for written or another evidence might not be legal, and even though many owners of legitimate service animals and emotional support animals haven't taken advantage of registering them, and therefore have no such documentation to make.
It is the suspicious attitude and illegal demands of some landlords and business owners that make registrations services such as the Service Animal Registry of California so important legitimate owners.
Although registration is optional, it can benefit shortcut the housing rental and business access issues if the owner can produce a simple document which will often satisfy the owner or landlord. Also, when working with public spaces, it's easier to give a document using a simple sentence stating, "This is really a service animal" and letting the other party see 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, do some people scam the machine, or game the law? Sadly, the answer is "probably yes." In everyday life, there is always room for abuse and people can attempt to take advantage of many systems that people as a society set up to protect the rights of people who 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 people that 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 the area of service animal laws is hopefully small, might just be a very small price to pay when compared to the higher objective of promoting access and equality for all.
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 will be the price we gladly pay to ensure that the disabled within the great condition of California have equal access under law.