Service Animals, Emotional Support, and Guide Dogs8568065
Sadly, many people are asking whether "service animal" laws are now being abused by those that want to scam the device.
There have been news stories, articles, opinion pieces along with other editorials where people rant and complain about people they think to be abusing the system. You hear some complain they had to sit near your pet dog at a restaurant they don't believe is a "real" service dog, forms of languages complain that the neighbors use a pet in the "no pet" building simply because they claimed the animal is esa letter.
A few of the commentary posseses an indignant tone, plus some people are downright angry.
So how exactly does this affect those that legitimately own and use a service animal to better their lives? In several ways.
For one, it can it more challenging 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 company owner has heard negative stories claiming that some individuals are abusing the device, it can cause them to look suspiciously whatsoever claimants.
Some landlord and business people have begun requesting proof of status, although asking for written or another evidence might not be legal, although many those who own legitimate service animals and emotional support animals have not taken advantage of registering them, and therefore have no such documentation to create.
It is the suspicious attitude and illegal demands of some landlords and business people that make registrations services like 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 working with public spaces, it's easier to give over a document with a simple sentence stating, "This can be a service animal" and letting the other party read the information, rather than having a long-winded protracted conversation (or even worse, argument) in public places, with onlookers listening in and gathering round the discussion.
So, do some people scam the device, or game regulations? Sadly, the reply is "probably yes." In everyday life, there is always room for abuse and individuals can attempt to take advantage of many systems that individuals as a society applied to protect the rights of those who need such protection. For 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 tax returns, claim improper tax deductions, abuse store return policies, or do other bad acts.
However that percentage of abuse, which in service animal laws is hopefully small, is arguably a very small price to pay when compared to the higher purpose of promoting access and equality for those.
In the end, you cannot control any system to make it 100% abuse proof. So tolerating the few people who scam service animal laws will be the price we gladly pay to make sure that the disabled within the great state of California have equal access under law.