Service Animals, Emotional Support Animals, and Guide Dogs1339946
Sadly, some people are asking whether "service animal" laws are increasingly being abused by people who want to scam the machine.
There have been news stories, articles, opinion pieces and other editorials where people rant and complain about people they think to be abusing the device. You hear some complain that they to sit near your dog at a restaurant which they don't believe is really a "real" service dog, forms of languages complain that their neighbors have a pet in a "no pet" building because they claimed your pet is esa doctors.
Some of the commentary posseses an indignant tone, and a few people are downright angry.
So how exactly does this affect those that legitimately own and employ a service animal to raised their lives? In many ways.
For one, it may it more difficult to navigate bureaucracy of the world when your claim of the disability and your service or emotional support animal's status is questioned. If your landlord or company owner has heard negative stories claiming that some individuals are abusing the system, it can cause these to look suspiciously whatsoever claimants.
Some landlord and business people have begun requesting proof of status, despite the fact that asking for written or another evidence is not always legal, although many those who own legitimate service animals and emotional support animals never have taken advantage of registering them, and thus have no such documentation to produce.
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 important legitimate owners.
Although registration is optional, it can benefit shortcut the housing rental and business access issues once the owner can produce a simple document which will often match the owner or landlord. Also, when utilizing public spaces, it's easier to give over a document with a simple sentence stating, "This is really a service animal" and letting another party browse the information, instead of having a long-winded protracted conversation (or even worse, argument) in public, with onlookers listening in and gathering round the discussion.
So, perform some people scam the machine, or game the law? Sadly, the answer then is "probably yes." In your life, there is always room for abuse the ones can try to take advantage of many systems that individuals as a society applied to protect the rights of those who need such protection. As an example, many drivers falsely display disabled parking placards to take advantage of free and convenient parking. Not forgetting the number of people who lie on their tax returns, claim improper tax deductions, abuse retail store return policies, or do other bad acts.
However that percentage of abuse, which in service animal laws is hopefully small, might just be a very small investment when compared to the higher goal of promoting access and equality for those.
In the end, you can not control any system making it 100% abuse proof. So tolerating the few individuals who scam service animal laws will be the price we gladly pay to make sure that the disabled inside the great state of California have equal access under law.