Service Animals, Emotional Support, and Guide Dogs6890914
Sadly, many people are asking whether "service animal" laws are being abused by those that want to scam the device.
There have been news stories, articles, opinion pieces and other editorials where people rant and complain about people they believe to be abusing the system. 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, forms of languages complain their neighbors use a pet inside a "no pet" building since they claimed the animal is emotional support animal registration.
Some of the commentary posseses an indignant tone, and some people are downright angry.
How can this affect those who legitimately own and make use of a service animal to higher their lives? In lots of ways.
For one, it may it more challenging to navigate bureaucracy of the world when your claim of a disability along with 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 system, it can cause them to look suspiciously at all claimants.
Some landlord and companies have begun seeking proof of status, despite the fact that asking for written or another evidence isn't necessarily legal, 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 make.
It is the suspicious attitude and illegal demands of some landlords and business owners that make registrations services like the Service Animal Registry of California so vital 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 satisfy the owner or landlord. Also, when using public spaces, it is usually easier to give over a document using a simple sentence stating, "This is really a service animal" and letting another party read the information, instead of having a long-winded protracted conversation (or worse, argument) in public areas, with onlookers listening in and gathering across the discussion.
So, carry out some people scam the machine, or game the law? Sadly, the reply is "probably yes." In your life, there is always room for abuse and individuals can attempt to take advantage of many systems that individuals as a society put in place 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. As well as the number of folks who lie on their own tax returns, claim improper tax deductions, abuse retail 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 many.
In the end, you cannot control any system to make it 100% abuse proof. So tolerating the not enough people who scam service animal laws is the price we gladly pay to ensure that the disabled in the great condition of California have equal access under law.