Service Animals, Emotional Support, and Guide Dogs2696735
Sadly, many people 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 as well as other editorials where people rant and complain about people they believe to be abusing the system. You hear some complain they had to sit near your pet dog at a restaurant they don't believe is really a "real" service dog, or others complain that the neighbors possess a pet in the "no pet" building simply because they claimed the pet is esa doctors.
A few of the commentary comes with an indignant tone, plus some people are downright angry.
So how exactly does this affect those who legitimately own and employ a service animal to higher their lives? In several ways.
For one, it could it more challenging to navigate bureaucracy around the globe when your claim of your disability and your service or emotional support animal's status is questioned. In case a landlord or business owner has heard negative stories claiming that many people are abusing the machine, it can cause these to look suspiciously at all claimants.
Some landlord and companies have begun asking for proof of status, despite the fact that asking for written or another evidence isn't necessarily legal, although many those who own 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 people that make registrations services such as 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 once the owner can certainly produce a simple document that will often fulfill the owner or landlord. Also, when working with public spaces, it's easier to hand over a document having a simple sentence stating, "This is a service animal" and letting another party read the information, rather than having a long-winded protracted conversation (or worse, argument) in public places, with onlookers listening in and gathering round the discussion.
So, perform some people scam the system, or game what the law states? Sadly, the answer is "probably yes." In your life, there is always room for abuse and individuals can attempt to take advantage of many systems that we 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 the 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, could well be a very small investment when compared to the higher purpose of promoting access and equality for many.
In the end, you can not control any system making it 100% abuse proof. So tolerating the few individuals who scam service animal laws will be the price we gladly pay to make sure that the disabled in the great state of California have equal access under law.