Service Animals, Emotional Support Animals, and Guide Dogs4648643
Sadly, some people are asking whether "service animal" laws are increasingly being abused by people who 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 machine. You hear some complain that they had to sit near your dog at a restaurant they don't believe can be a "real" service dog, varieties complain that the neighbors have a pet inside a "no pet" building since they claimed the animal is esa doctors.
A number of the commentary comes with an indignant tone, and some people are downright angry.
How can this affect those that legitimately own and make use of a service animal to better their lives? In lots of ways.
For one, it may it more challenging to navigate bureaucracy on the planet when your claim of your disability as well as your service or emotional support animal's status is questioned. If your landlord or business proprietor has heard negative stories claiming that some individuals are abusing the device, it can cause these phones look suspiciously in any way claimants.
Some landlord and companies have begun requesting proof of status, even though asking for written or other evidence isn't necessarily legal, and even though 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 business owners that make registrations services like the Service Animal Registry of California so important legitimate owners.
Although registration is optional, it can benefit shortcut the housing rental and business access issues if the owner can certainly produce a simple document that will often satisfy the owner or landlord. Also, when working with public spaces, it is usually easier to give a document having a simple sentence stating, "This is a service animal" and letting the other party read the information, as opposed to having a long-winded protracted conversation (or worse, argument) in public places, with onlookers listening in and gathering around the discussion.
So, do some people scam the system, or game regulations? Sadly, the answer then is "probably yes." In everyday life, there is always room for abuse and people can try to take advantage of many systems that individuals as a society set up to protect the rights of people who need such protection. As an example, many drivers falsely display disabled parking placards to take advantage of free and convenient parking. Not to mention the number of people who lie on their own tax returns, claim improper tax deductions, abuse store return policies, or do other bad acts.
However that percentage of abuse, which around service animal laws is hopefully small, could well be a very small investment when compared to the higher objective of promoting access and equality for those.
In the end, you can not control any system making 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 in the great state of California have equal access under law.