Service Animals, Emotional Support, and Guide Dogs7852651
Sadly, some individuals are asking whether "service animal" laws are now being abused by those who want to scam the device.
There have been news stories, articles, opinion pieces and other editorials where people rant and complain about people they feel to be abusing the device. You hear some complain they had to sit near a dog at a restaurant they don't believe is really a "real" service dog, forms of languages complain that their neighbors use a pet in the "no pet" building since they claimed the pet is esa letter.
Some 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 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 along with your service or emotional support animal's status is questioned. If a landlord or business proprietor has heard negative stories claiming that many people are abusing the device, it can cause them to look suspiciously whatsoever claimants.
Some landlord and business owners have begun asking for proof of status, although asking for written or another evidence might not be legal, and even though many those who own legitimate service animals and emotional support animals have not taken advantage of registering them, and thus 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 when the owner can produce a simple document that will often match the owner or landlord. Also, when utilizing public spaces, it is usually easier to give over a document with a simple sentence stating, "This is a service animal" and letting the other party read the information, instead of having a long-winded protracted conversation (or worse yet, argument) in public places, with onlookers listening in and gathering round the discussion.
So, perform some people scam the system, or game the law? Sadly, the answer then is "probably yes." In everyday life, there is always room for abuse and people can make an effort to take advantage of many systems that we as a society applied 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 forgetting the number of people who lie on their own 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, might just be a very small investment when compared to the higher goal of promoting access and equality for those.
In the end, you can not 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 ensure the disabled in the great condition of California have equal access under law.