Service Animals, Emotional Support Animals, and Guide Dogs4658438
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 and other editorials where people rant and complain about people they feel to be abusing the device. You hear some complain that they had to sit near your dog at a restaurant they don't believe is a "real" service dog, or others complain their neighbors use a pet in the "no pet" building simply because they claimed the pet is emotional support animal.
A number of the commentary has an indignant tone, plus some people are downright angry.
How does this affect those that legitimately own and make use of a service animal to raised their lives? In lots of ways.
For one, it may it more difficult to navigate bureaucracy on the planet when your claim of a disability along with your service or emotional support animal's status is questioned. In case a landlord or company owner has heard negative stories claiming that many people are abusing the system, it can cause them to look suspiciously at all claimants.
Some landlord and business people have begun requesting proof of status, although asking for written or other evidence isn't necessarily legal, and even though many those who own legitimate service animals and emotional support animals never have 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 business people that make registrations services such as 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 produce a simple document which will 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, instead of having a long-winded protracted conversation (or even worse, argument) in public, with onlookers listening in and gathering round the discussion.
So, carry out some people scam the machine, or game regulations? Sadly, the answer is "probably yes." In your life, there is always room for abuse the ones can attempt to take advantage of many systems that individuals as a society applied to protect the rights of those that need such protection. As an example, many drivers falsely display disabled parking placards to take advantage of free and convenient parking. Not to mention the number of folks who lie on their own tax returns, claim improper tax deductions, abuse retail store return policies, or do other bad acts.
However that percentage of abuse, which in the area of 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 those.
In the end, you can't control any system to make it 100% abuse proof. So tolerating the few individuals who scam service animal laws is the price we gladly pay to ensure that the disabled within the great condition of California have equal access under law.