Service Animals, Emotional Support Animals, and Guide Dogs3205611

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Sadly, some individuals are asking whether "service animal" laws are now being abused by people who want to scam the system.

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 they had to sit near your dog at a restaurant that they don't believe is a "real" service dog, varieties complain that the neighbors have a pet in the "no pet" building since they claimed the animal is emotional support animal registration.

A few of the commentary comes with an indignant tone, and some people are downright angry.

How can this affect those that legitimately own and make use of a service animal to better their lives? In lots of ways.

For one, it may it more challenging 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 business owner has heard negative stories claiming that many people are abusing the device, it can cause them to look suspiciously at all claimants.

Some landlord and business owners have begun requesting proof of status, despite the fact that asking for written or any other evidence might not be legal, and even though many people who just love legitimate service animals and emotional support animals haven't 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 owners that make registrations services just 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 if the owner can certainly produce a simple document that may often match the owner or landlord. Also, when utilizing public spaces, it is usually easier to give a document with a simple sentence stating, "This is really a service animal" and letting the other party read the information, instead of having a long-winded protracted conversation (or worse, argument) in public, with onlookers listening in and gathering across the discussion.

So, perform some people scam the machine, or game the law? Sadly, the answer then is "probably yes." In life, there is always room for abuse the ones can make an effort to take advantage of many systems that individuals 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 take advantage of free and convenient parking. As well as the number of people who lie on their own tax returns, claim improper tax deductions, abuse retail store return policies, or do other bad acts.

But that percentage of abuse, which in the area of 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 can not control any system to make it 100% abuse proof. So tolerating the few individuals who scam service animal laws will be the price we gladly pay to ensure that the disabled in the great condition of California have equal access under law.