Service Animals, Emotional Support Animals, and Guide Dogs3298267
Sadly, many people are asking whether "service animal" laws are now being abused by those that want to scam the machine.
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 system. You hear some complain that they to sit near a dog at a restaurant which they don't believe is really a "real" service dog, or others complain their neighbors use a pet in a "no pet" building since they claimed the pet is esa doctors near me.
A few of the commentary posseses an indignant tone, plus some people are downright angry.
How can this affect people who legitimately own and use a service animal to raised their lives? In many ways.
For one, it can it harder to navigate bureaucracy of the world when your claim of the 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 people are abusing the system, it can cause these to look suspiciously whatsoever claimants.
Some landlord and business people have begun requesting proof of status, despite the fact that asking for written or any other evidence might not be legal, and although many people who just love legitimate service animals and emotional support animals never have 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 companies that make registrations services like the Service Animal Registry of California so vital to legitimate owners.
Although registration is optional, it will also help shortcut the housing rental and business access issues when the owner can certainly produce a simple document which will often match the owner or landlord. Also, when utilizing public spaces, it is usually easier to give a document using a simple sentence stating, "This is really a service animal" and letting one other party see the information, as opposed to having a long-winded protracted conversation (or worse yet, argument) in public, with onlookers listening in and gathering across the discussion.
So, perform some people scam the machine, or game the law? Sadly, the answer is "probably yes." In everyday life, there is always room for abuse and individuals can attempt to take advantage of many systems that individuals 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 to mention the number of people that lie on their tax returns, claim improper tax deductions, abuse store 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 price to pay when compared to the higher objective of promoting access and equality for those.
In the end, you can't control any system to really make it 100% abuse proof. So tolerating the few people who scam service animal laws will be the price we gladly pay to make sure that the disabled inside the great state of California have equal access under law.