Service Animals, Emotional Support, and Guide Dogs5957660

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Sadly, many 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 as well as other editorials where people rant and complain about people they think to be abusing the device. You hear some complain that they had to sit near your dog at a restaurant which they don't believe is a "real" service dog, forms of languages complain that the neighbors possess a pet inside a "no pet" building because they claimed the pet is esa doctors.

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

How does this affect those that legitimately own and employ a service animal to better their lives? In lots of ways.

For one, it could it more difficult to navigate bureaucracy around the globe when your claim of a disability along with your service or emotional support animal's status is questioned. If a landlord or company owner has heard negative stories claiming that some individuals are abusing the system, it can cause these to look suspiciously at all claimants.

Some landlord and business owners have begun asking for proof of status, although asking for written or another evidence is not always legal, and although many people who just love legitimate service animals and emotional support animals have not taken advantage of registering them, and therefore have no such documentation to produce.

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 fundamental to legitimate owners.

Although registration is optional, it can help shortcut the housing rental and business access issues if the owner can produce a simple document that will often fulfill 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 is a service animal" and letting the other party see the information, rather than having a long-winded protracted conversation (or even worse, argument) in public, with onlookers listening in and gathering across the discussion.

So, do some people scam the machine, or game what the law states? Sadly, the answer then is "probably yes." In your life, there is always room for abuse the ones can attempt to take advantage of many systems that we as a society applied to protect the rights of those 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 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 the area of service animal laws is hopefully small, is arguably a very small investment when compared to the higher purpose of promoting access and equality for those.

In the end, you can't 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 inside the great condition of California have equal access under law.