Service Animals, Emotional Support Animals, and Guide Dogs1830615
Sadly, many people are asking whether "service animal" laws are increasingly being abused by those 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 had to sit near your dog at a restaurant they don't believe can be a "real" service dog, varieties complain that their neighbors have a pet in a "no pet" building simply because they claimed the pet is esa doctors.
Some of the commentary posseses an indignant tone, plus some people are downright angry.
So how exactly does this affect those who legitimately own and employ a service animal to raised 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 business owner has heard negative stories claiming that many people are abusing the system, it can cause these phones look suspiciously whatsoever claimants.
Some landlord and companies have begun asking for proof of status, although asking for written or another evidence is not always legal, and even though many owners of legitimate service animals and emotional support animals haven't taken advantage of registering them, and so have no such documentation to make.
It is the suspicious attitude and illegal demands of some landlords and companies 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 produce a simple document which will often match the owner or landlord. Also, when utilizing public spaces, it is often easier to hand over a document having a simple sentence stating, "This is a service animal" and letting another party read the information, rather than having a long-winded protracted conversation (or worse yet, argument) in public areas, with onlookers listening in and gathering across the discussion.
So, carry out some people scam the machine, or game regulations? Sadly, the reply is "probably yes." In everyday life, there is always room for abuse and people can try to take advantage of many systems that people as a society put in place to protect the rights of those that need such protection. For instance, many drivers falsely display disabled parking placards to benefit from free and convenient parking. Not forgetting the number of people who lie on the tax returns, claim improper tax deductions, abuse store return policies, or do other bad acts.
But that percentage of abuse, which in service animal laws is hopefully small, could well be a very small investment when compared to the higher objective of promoting access and equality for many.
In the end, you can not 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 make sure that the disabled in the great state of California have equal access under law.