Service Animals, Emotional Support Animals, and Guide Dogs4557322

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Sadly, some individuals are asking whether "service animal" laws are being abused by people who 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 believe to be abusing the device. You hear some complain they had to sit near your pet dog at a restaurant that they don't believe is a "real" service dog, or others complain that their neighbors have a pet in the "no pet" building simply because they claimed the animal is emotional support animal.

A number of the commentary posseses an indignant tone, and some people are downright angry.

How can this affect those who legitimately own and use a service animal to higher their lives? In many ways.

For one, it could it more difficult to navigate bureaucracy of the world when your claim of your disability along with your service or emotional support animal's status is questioned. If your landlord or business proprietor has heard negative stories claiming that some people are abusing the machine, it can cause these phones look suspiciously at all claimants.

Some landlord and companies have begun seeking proof of status, even though asking for written or any other evidence is not always legal, and even though 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 make.

It is the suspicious attitude and illegal demands of some landlords and business owners 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 fulfill the owner or landlord. Also, when utilizing public spaces, it is often easier to give a document using a simple sentence stating, "This can be a service animal" and letting the other party browse the information, instead of having a long-winded protracted conversation (or even worse, argument) in public places, with onlookers listening in and gathering across the discussion.

So, carry out some people scam the system, or game the law? Sadly, the answer then is "probably yes." In life, there is always room for abuse the ones can attempt to take advantage of many systems that people as a society set up to protect the rights of people who need such protection. As an example, many drivers falsely display disabled parking placards to benefit from free and convenient parking. As well as the number of people who lie on their own tax returns, claim improper tax deductions, abuse store return policies, or do other bad acts.

However that percentage of abuse, which around 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 many.

In the end, you can't control any system making it 100% abuse proof. So tolerating the few individuals who scam service animal laws may be the price we gladly pay to ensure the disabled inside the great state of California have equal access under law.