Service Animals, Emotional Support Animals, and Guide Dogs3841306
Sadly, many people are asking whether "service animal" laws are now being abused by those who want to scam the system.
There have been news stories, articles, opinion pieces along with other editorials where people rant and complain about people they feel to be abusing the system. You hear some complain that they had to sit near a dog at a restaurant which they don't believe is a "real" service dog, varieties complain their neighbors have a pet in the "no pet" building because they claimed your pet is emotional support animal letter.
A number of the commentary comes with an indignant tone, and a few people are downright angry.
So how exactly does this affect people who legitimately own and employ a service animal to raised their lives? In lots of ways.
For one, it could it more challenging 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 company owner has heard negative stories claiming that some people are abusing the device, it can cause these to look suspiciously whatsoever claimants.
Some landlord and business people have begun asking for proof of status, despite the fact that asking for written or any other evidence is not always legal, and even though many those who own legitimate service animals and emotional support animals haven't taken advantage of registering them, and so have no such documentation to create.
It is the suspicious attitude and illegal demands of some landlords and companies that make registrations services just like the Service Animal Registry of California so fundamental to legitimate owners.
Although registration is optional, it will also help shortcut the housing rental and business access issues when the owner can create a simple document that may 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 can be a service animal" and letting the other party read the information, rather than having a long-winded protracted conversation (or worse yet, argument) in public, with onlookers listening in and gathering around the discussion.
So, perform some people scam the device, or game the law? Sadly, the answer then is "probably yes." In your life, there is always room for abuse and people can try to take advantage of many systems that people as a society applied to protect the rights of those who need such protection. For instance, many drivers falsely display disabled parking placards to benefit from free and convenient parking. Not forgetting the number of folks 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, might just be a very small investment when compared to the higher purpose of promoting access and equality for all.
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 ensure the disabled within the great state of California have equal access under law.