Service Animals, Emotional Support, and Guide Dogs6914078
Sadly, some people are asking whether "service animal" laws are increasingly being abused by people who want to scam the device.
There have been news stories, articles, opinion pieces as well as other editorials where people rant and complain about people they feel to be abusing the system. You hear some complain that they to sit near your dog at a restaurant that they don't believe is really a "real" service dog, or others complain that the neighbors have a pet in a "no pet" building simply because they claimed the pet is how to ask doctor for emotional support animal.
A number of the commentary comes with 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 raised their lives? In many ways.
For one, it can it more difficult to navigate bureaucracy on the planet when your claim of a 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 system, it can cause these to look suspiciously whatsoever claimants.
Some landlord and business owners have begun requesting proof of status, despite the fact that asking for written or any other evidence isn't necessarily legal, and although many people who just love legitimate service animals and emotional support animals haven't 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 such as the Service Animal Registry of California so fundamental to legitimate owners.
Although registration is optional, it will also help shortcut the housing rental and business access issues when the owner can create a simple document that will often fulfill the owner or landlord. Also, when using public spaces, it's easier to hand over a document with a simple sentence stating, "This is a service animal" and letting one other party read the information, as opposed to having a long-winded protracted conversation (or worse, argument) in public areas, with onlookers listening in and gathering across the discussion.
So, perform some people scam the system, or game the law? Sadly, the answer then 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 put in place to protect the rights of those who need such protection. As an example, many drivers falsely display disabled parking placards to benefit from free and convenient parking. As well as the number of folks who lie on their tax returns, claim improper tax deductions, abuse shop return policies, or do other bad acts.
However that percentage of abuse, which in the area of service animal laws is hopefully small, could well be a very small price to pay when compared to the higher purpose of promoting access and equality for many.
In the end, you can't control any system making it 100% abuse proof. So tolerating the not enough people who scam service animal laws may be the price we gladly pay to ensure the disabled in the great condition of California have equal access under law.