Service Animals, Emotional Support, and Guide Dogs4515651
Sadly, some people are asking whether "service animal" laws are increasingly being abused by those who want to scam the device.
There have been news stories, articles, opinion pieces and 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 dog at a restaurant they don't believe is a "real" service dog, or others complain that their neighbors possess a pet in a "no pet" building simply because they claimed the pet is esa doctors.
A number of the commentary comes with an indignant tone, and a few people are downright angry.
How does this affect people who legitimately own and make use of a service animal to better their lives? In many ways.
For one, it could it more difficult to navigate bureaucracy around the globe when your claim of the disability along with your service or emotional support animal's status is questioned. In case a landlord or business owner has heard negative stories claiming that some people are abusing the machine, it can cause them to look suspiciously whatsoever claimants.
Some landlord and companies have begun requesting proof of status, even though asking for written or another evidence isn't necessarily legal, and even though many people who just love legitimate service animals and emotional support animals have not taken advantage of registering them, and so have no such documentation to create.
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 fundamental to legitimate owners.
Although registration is optional, it can benefit shortcut the housing rental and business access issues when the owner can create a simple document which will often fulfill the owner or landlord. Also, when utilizing public spaces, it's easier to hand over a document using a simple sentence stating, "This is a service animal" and letting the other party browse the information, as opposed to having a long-winded protracted conversation (or worse yet, argument) in public places, with onlookers listening in and gathering round the discussion.
So, carry out some people scam the system, or game what the law states? Sadly, the answer is "probably yes." In life, there is always room for abuse and people can try to take advantage of many systems that individuals as a society applied to protect the rights of those who 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 people that lie on the 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 can't control any system to make it 100% abuse proof. So tolerating the few individuals who scam service animal laws is the price we gladly pay to ensure the disabled in the great condition of California have equal access under law.