Service Animals, Emotional Support Animals, and Guide Dogs8645235
Sadly, many people 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 to sit near your pet dog at a restaurant that they don't believe can be a "real" service dog, varieties complain their neighbors possess a pet in a "no pet" building since they claimed the pet is esa letter.
Some 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 several ways.
For one, it can it more challenging to navigate bureaucracy of the world when your claim of a disability as well as your service or emotional support animal's status is questioned. If your landlord or company owner has heard negative stories claiming that many people are abusing the machine, it can cause them to look suspiciously at all claimants.
Some landlord and companies have begun asking for proof of status, although asking for written or another evidence is not always legal, although many those who own legitimate service animals and emotional support animals haven't 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 fundamental to legitimate owners.
Although registration is optional, it can help shortcut the housing rental and business access issues if the owner can create a simple document that will often satisfy the owner or landlord. Also, when using public spaces, it is often easier to give over a document using a simple sentence stating, "This can be a service animal" and letting another party see the information, as opposed to having a long-winded protracted conversation (or worse, argument) in public, with onlookers listening in and gathering around the discussion.
So, perform some people scam the system, or game regulations? Sadly, the answer then is "probably yes." In your life, there is always room for abuse and individuals can make an effort to take advantage of many systems that we as a society put in place to protect the rights of those 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 people that lie on their tax returns, claim improper tax deductions, abuse shop return policies, or do other bad acts.
But that percentage of abuse, which around 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 make it 100% abuse proof. So tolerating the not enough people who scam service animal laws may be the price we gladly pay to ensure the disabled within the great state of California have equal access under law.