Service Animals, Emotional Support Animals, and Guide Dogs9923098
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 machine. You hear some complain that they to sit near a dog at a restaurant they don't believe can be a "real" service dog, varieties complain that the neighbors use a pet in a "no pet" building simply because they claimed the pet is emotional support animal.
Some of the commentary has an indignant tone, plus some people are downright angry.
How does this affect people who legitimately own and employ a service animal to raised their lives? In several ways.
For one, it may 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 some individuals are abusing the device, it can cause these phones look suspiciously at all claimants.
Some landlord and companies have begun requesting proof of status, even though asking for written or other evidence might not be legal, and even though many people who just love legitimate service animals and emotional support animals never have 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 such as the Service Animal Registry of California so vital to legitimate owners.
Although registration is optional, it can help shortcut the housing rental and business access issues if the owner can certainly produce a simple document that will often match the owner or landlord. Also, when working with public spaces, it's easier to hand over a document having a simple sentence stating, "This is really a service animal" and letting the other party see the information, rather than having a long-winded protracted conversation (or even worse, argument) in public, with onlookers listening in and gathering across the discussion.
So, carry out some people scam the system, or game the law? Sadly, the reply is "probably yes." In everyday 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. As an example, many drivers falsely display disabled parking placards to benefit from free and convenient parking. Not forgetting the number of people who lie on the tax returns, claim improper tax deductions, abuse store return policies, or do other bad acts.
But that percentage of abuse, which around service animal laws is hopefully small, might just be a very small investment when compared to the higher purpose of promoting access and equality for those.
In the end, you can not control any system to make it 100% abuse proof. So tolerating the few people who scam service animal laws is the price we gladly pay to make sure that the disabled inside the great condition of California have equal access under law.