Service Animals, Emotional Support Animals, and Guide Dogs7929339

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Sadly, some individuals are asking whether "service animal" laws are increasingly being abused by those that want to scam the machine.

There have been news stories, articles, opinion pieces as well as other editorials where people rant and complain about people they believe to be abusing the device. You hear some complain that they to sit near your pet dog at a restaurant they don't believe is a "real" service dog, varieties complain their neighbors have a pet in the "no pet" building since they claimed your pet is emotional support animal.

A number of the commentary has an indignant tone, and a few people are downright angry.

How does this affect people who legitimately own and use a service animal to raised their lives? In lots of ways.

For one, it can it more challenging to navigate bureaucracy of the world when your claim of the disability as well as 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 device, it can cause these to look suspiciously at all claimants.

Some landlord and business people have begun asking for proof of status, even though asking for written or any other evidence might not be legal, although many those who own legitimate service animals and emotional support animals have not 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 companies that make registrations services like 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 once the owner can create a simple document that will often fulfill the owner or landlord. Also, when working with public spaces, it is often easier to hand over a document using a simple sentence stating, "This is really a service animal" and letting another party browse the information, instead of 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 reply is "probably yes." In life, there is always room for abuse and individuals can try to take advantage of many systems that individuals as a society applied to protect the rights of people who need such protection. For instance, many drivers falsely display disabled parking placards to take advantage of free and convenient parking. Not to mention the number of people that lie on the 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, might just be a very small investment when compared to the higher objective of promoting access and equality for those.

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