Service Animals, Emotional Support Animals, and Guide Dogs6153069
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 feel to be abusing the device. You hear some complain that 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 possess a pet in the "no pet" building since they claimed the pet is emotional support animal registration.
Some of the commentary comes with an indignant tone, and a few people are downright angry.
How can this affect those who legitimately own and use a service animal to better their lives? In lots of ways.
For one, it could it more challenging to navigate bureaucracy of the world when your claim of a disability and your service or emotional support animal's status is questioned. If a landlord or company owner has heard negative stories claiming that some people are abusing the system, it can cause them to look suspiciously at all claimants.
Some landlord and business people have begun asking for proof of status, even though asking for written or another evidence might not be legal, although many owners of legitimate service animals and emotional support animals have not taken advantage of registering them, and so have no such documentation to produce.
It is the suspicious attitude and illegal demands of some landlords and business people that make registrations services just 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 certainly produce a simple document that may often satisfy the owner or landlord. Also, when utilizing public spaces, it is often easier to give over a document having a simple sentence stating, "This is a service animal" and letting one other party read the information, instead of having a long-winded protracted conversation (or worse yet, 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 then is "probably yes." In your life, there is always room for abuse the ones can try to take advantage of many systems that individuals as a society set up to protect the rights of people who need such protection. For 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 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 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 is the price we gladly pay to ensure that the disabled in the great state of California have equal access under law.