Service Animals, Emotional Support Animals, and Guide Dogs9277909
Sadly, some people are asking whether "service animal" laws are now being abused by people who want to scam the device.
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 machine. You hear some complain that they had to sit near your pet dog at a restaurant which they don't believe is really a "real" service dog, forms of languages complain that the neighbors have a pet inside a "no pet" building since they claimed your pet is esa doctors.
A few of the commentary posseses an indignant tone, and a few people are downright angry.
So how exactly does this affect those that legitimately own and make use of a service animal to raised their lives? In several ways.
For one, it may it harder to navigate bureaucracy on the planet when your claim of a disability and your service or emotional support animal's status is questioned. If a landlord or business proprietor 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 owners have begun requesting proof of status, although asking for written or another evidence isn't necessarily legal, and although many people who just love legitimate service animals and emotional support animals have not taken advantage of registering them, and thus have no such documentation to produce.
It is the suspicious attitude and illegal demands of some landlords and business owners that make registrations services like the Service Animal Registry of California so important legitimate owners.
Although registration is optional, it can help shortcut the housing rental and business access issues once the owner can certainly produce a simple document which will often fulfill the owner or landlord. Also, when using public spaces, it is usually easier to give over a document using a simple sentence stating, "This is really a service animal" and letting the other party browse the information, as opposed to having a long-winded protracted conversation (or even worse, argument) in public, with onlookers listening in and gathering round the discussion.
So, do some people scam the device, or game the law? Sadly, the reply is "probably yes." In life, there is always room for abuse and people can try to take advantage of many systems that people as a society applied to protect the rights of those who need such protection. For instance, many drivers falsely display disabled parking placards to take advantage of free and convenient parking. Not forgetting the number of people who lie on their own tax returns, claim improper tax deductions, abuse retail store return policies, or do other bad acts.
But that percentage of abuse, which in the area of service animal laws is hopefully small, is arguably a very small investment when compared to the higher objective of promoting access and equality for many.
In the end, you can not control any system to make it 100% abuse proof. So tolerating the few individuals who scam service animal laws may be the price we gladly pay to make sure that the disabled in the great condition of California have equal access under law.