Service Animals, Emotional Support, and Guide Dogs4597658
Sadly, some people are asking whether "service animal" laws are being abused by those who want to scam the system.
There have been news stories, articles, opinion pieces as well as other editorials where people rant and complain about people they think to be abusing the device. You hear some complain 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 their neighbors have a pet in a "no pet" building simply because they claimed the pet is emotional support animal.
A number of the commentary comes with an indignant tone, and some people are downright angry.
So how exactly does this affect those that legitimately own and use a service animal to better their lives? In lots of ways.
For one, it may it harder to navigate bureaucracy around the globe when your claim of the disability as well as your service or emotional support animal's status is questioned. If a landlord or business owner has heard negative stories claiming that some individuals are abusing the device, it can cause them to look suspiciously whatsoever claimants.
Some landlord and companies have begun requesting proof of status, despite the fact that asking for written or another evidence is not always legal, and even though many those who own legitimate service animals and emotional support animals haven't taken advantage of registering them, and therefore have no such documentation to produce.
It is the suspicious attitude and illegal demands of some landlords and business people that make registrations services like the Service Animal Registry of California so vital to legitimate owners.
Although registration is optional, it can benefit shortcut the housing rental and business access issues once the owner can create a simple document that will often satisfy the owner or landlord. Also, when utilizing public spaces, it is often easier to give over a document having 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 yet, argument) in public, 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 everyday life, there is always room for abuse and individuals can make an effort to take advantage of many systems that people as a society applied to protect the rights of people 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 who lie on their tax returns, claim improper tax deductions, abuse shop return policies, or do other bad acts.
But 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 purpose 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 not enough people who scam service animal laws may be the price we gladly pay to ensure that the disabled inside the great condition of California have equal access under law.