Service Animals, Emotional Support, and Guide Dogs5867543
Sadly, some people are asking whether "service animal" laws are now being abused by those who want to scam the machine.
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 machine. You hear some complain that they had to sit near a dog at a restaurant they don't believe is a "real" service dog, or others complain that the neighbors have a pet in the "no pet" building simply because they claimed the pet is emotional support animal.
A few of the commentary posseses an indignant tone, and some people are downright angry.
So how exactly does this affect those who legitimately own and use a service animal to higher their lives? In several ways.
For one, it could it more difficult to navigate bureaucracy around the globe when your claim of a 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 people are abusing the device, it can cause them to look suspiciously in any way claimants.
Some landlord and business people have begun requesting proof of status, although asking for written or other evidence might not be legal, although many those who own legitimate service animals and emotional support animals never have 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 business owners that make registrations services 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 certainly produce a simple document that may often satisfy the owner or landlord. Also, when using public spaces, it's easier to hand over a document with a simple sentence stating, "This can be a service animal" and letting one other party read the information, instead of having a long-winded protracted conversation (or worse yet, argument) in public areas, with onlookers listening in and gathering round the discussion.
So, perform some people scam the device, or game the law? Sadly, the reply is "probably yes." In your life, there is always room for abuse and people can make an effort to take advantage of many systems that individuals as a society applied to protect the rights of those that need such protection. As an example, many drivers falsely display disabled parking placards to benefit from free and convenient parking. Not to mention the number of people who lie on their tax returns, claim improper tax deductions, abuse store return policies, or do other bad acts.
But that percentage of abuse, which in the area of service animal laws is hopefully small, could well be a very small price to pay when compared to the higher objective of promoting access and equality for those.
In the end, you cannot control any system to really make it 100% abuse proof. So tolerating the few people who scam service animal laws may be the price we gladly pay to make sure that the disabled within the great condition of California have equal access under law.