Service Animals, Emotional Support, and Guide Dogs1158869
Sadly, some people are asking whether "service animal" laws are being abused by those who want to scam the device.
There have been news stories, articles, opinion pieces as well as other editorials where people rant and complain about people they feel to be abusing the device. You hear some complain that they had to sit near your pet dog at a restaurant that they don't believe is a "real" service dog, or others complain that the neighbors possess a pet inside a "no pet" building because they claimed the animal is emotional support animal letter.
A few of the commentary has an indignant tone, plus some people are downright angry.
So how exactly does this affect those that legitimately own and employ a service animal to better their lives? In lots of ways.
For one, it could it harder to navigate bureaucracy of the world when your claim of your disability and your service or emotional support animal's status is questioned. If a landlord or company owner has heard negative stories claiming that many people are abusing the device, it can cause these phones look suspiciously whatsoever claimants.
Some landlord and business people have begun seeking proof of status, although asking for written or any other evidence is not always legal, although many owners of legitimate service animals and emotional support animals never have taken advantage of registering them, and therefore have no such documentation to create.
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 fundamental to 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 may often satisfy the owner or landlord. Also, when working with public spaces, it is often easier to give a document having a simple sentence stating, "This is a service animal" and letting the other party browse the information, instead of having a long-winded protracted conversation (or worse yet, argument) in public, with onlookers listening in and gathering across the discussion.
So, do some people scam the system, or game what the law states? Sadly, the reply is "probably yes." In your life, there is always room for abuse the ones can attempt to take advantage of many systems that people as a society set up to protect the rights of those that 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 retail store return policies, or do other bad acts.
But that percentage of abuse, which in service animal laws is hopefully small, is arguably a very small price to pay when compared to the higher objective of promoting access and equality for many.
In the end, you cannot control any system to make it 100% abuse proof. So tolerating the not enough people who scam service animal laws is the price we gladly pay to ensure the disabled within the great condition of California have equal access under law.