Service Animals, Emotional Support Animals, and Guide Dogs3538067
Sadly, some people are asking whether "service animal" laws are being abused by those that want to scam the machine.
There have been news stories, articles, opinion pieces and other editorials where people rant and complain about people they believe to be abusing the device. You hear some complain they had to sit near a dog at a restaurant that they don't believe is really a "real" service dog, forms of languages complain that the neighbors possess a pet in the "no pet" building simply because they claimed your pet is emotional support animal.
Some of the commentary comes with an indignant tone, and 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 many ways.
For one, it could it harder 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 your landlord or business owner has heard negative stories claiming that many people are abusing the machine, it can cause these to look suspiciously whatsoever claimants.
Some landlord and business people have begun seeking proof of status, even though asking for written or other evidence isn't necessarily legal, although many those who own legitimate service animals and emotional support animals never have 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 owners that make registrations services like the Service Animal Registry of California so fundamental to legitimate owners.
Although registration is optional, it can benefit shortcut the housing rental and business access issues when the owner can produce a simple document that may often match the owner or landlord. Also, when working with public spaces, it's easier to give over a document with a simple sentence stating, "This is a service animal" and letting the other party read the information, rather than having a long-winded protracted conversation (or worse, argument) in public areas, with onlookers listening in and gathering round the discussion.
So, carry out some people scam the device, or game the law? Sadly, the answer is "probably yes." In life, there is always room for abuse and individuals can attempt to take advantage of many systems that we as a society put in place to protect the rights of those that need such protection. As an example, many drivers falsely display disabled parking placards to benefit from free and convenient parking. Not forgetting the number of folks who lie on their 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 price to pay when compared to the higher objective of promoting access and equality for all.
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 ensure that the disabled inside the great condition of California have equal access under law.