Service Animals, Emotional Support, and Guide Dogs6253402
Sadly, many people are asking whether "service animal" laws are now being abused by people who want to scam the system.
There have been news stories, articles, opinion pieces and other editorials where people rant and complain about people they believe to be abusing the system. You hear some complain they had to sit near your pet dog at a restaurant that they don't believe can be a "real" service dog, or others complain that the neighbors use a pet in the "no pet" building because they claimed your pet is emotional support animal registration.
A number of the commentary posseses an indignant tone, and a few people are downright angry.
How does this affect those who legitimately own and use a service animal to higher their lives? In lots of ways.
For one, it may it more difficult to navigate bureaucracy on the planet when your claim of your disability along with your service or emotional support animal's status is questioned. If your landlord or business proprietor has heard negative stories claiming that many people are abusing the machine, it can cause these phones look suspiciously whatsoever claimants.
Some landlord and business owners have begun requesting proof of status, despite the fact that asking for written or another evidence is not always 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 create.
It is the suspicious attitude and illegal demands of some landlords and business people that make registrations services just like 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 once the owner can create a simple document which will often satisfy the owner or landlord. Also, when using public spaces, it is often easier to give over a document having a simple sentence stating, "This is really a service animal" and letting one other party browse the information, rather than having a long-winded protracted conversation (or even worse, argument) in public, with onlookers listening in and gathering round the discussion.
So, perform some people scam the system, or game what the law states? Sadly, the answer is "probably yes." In your life, there is always room for abuse the ones can try to take advantage of many systems that people as a society put in place 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 to mention the number of folks 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, is arguably a very small price to pay when compared to the higher purpose 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 may be the price we gladly pay to make sure that the disabled inside the great state of California have equal access under law.