Service Animals, Emotional Support Animals, and Guide Dogs7618783

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Sadly, some individuals are asking whether "service animal" laws are being abused by those 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 think to be abusing the device. You hear some complain that they to sit near your dog at a restaurant they don't believe can be a "real" service dog, or others complain their neighbors use a pet in a "no pet" building since they claimed your pet is esa letter.

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

So how exactly does this affect those that legitimately own and use a service animal to higher their lives? In several ways.

For one, it may it more challenging to navigate bureaucracy of the world when your claim of a disability along with your service or emotional support animal's status is questioned. If a landlord or business proprietor has heard negative stories claiming that some people are abusing the system, it can cause them to look suspiciously whatsoever claimants.

Some landlord and business people have begun requesting proof of status, despite the fact that asking for written or other evidence is not always legal, although 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 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 will also help shortcut the housing rental and business access issues when the owner can produce a simple document which will often satisfy 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 another party see the information, rather than having a long-winded protracted conversation (or worse yet, argument) in public areas, with onlookers listening in and gathering across the discussion.

So, do some people scam the machine, or game the law? Sadly, the reply is "probably yes." In life, there is always room for abuse and individuals can make an effort to take advantage of many systems that people as a society set up to protect the rights of those that need such protection. For example, many drivers falsely display disabled parking placards to take advantage of free and convenient parking. Not forgetting the number of folks who lie on their tax returns, claim improper tax deductions, abuse retail store return policies, or do other bad acts.

But that percentage of abuse, which in service animal laws is hopefully small, is arguably a very small investment when compared to the higher goal of promoting access and equality for many.

In the end, you cannot control any system to really make it 100% abuse proof. So tolerating the few people who scam service animal laws will be the price we gladly pay to ensure the disabled within the great condition of California have equal access under law.