Service Animals, Emotional Support, and Guide Dogs6305471
Sadly, many people are asking whether "service animal" laws are being abused by people who want to scam the machine.
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 to sit near a dog at a restaurant that they don't believe is a "real" service dog, varieties complain that their neighbors possess a pet in a "no pet" building because they claimed your pet is emotional support animal.
A number of the commentary has an indignant tone, and some people are downright angry.
So how exactly does this affect those that legitimately own and make use of a service animal to raised their lives? In lots of ways.
For one, it can it harder to navigate bureaucracy on the planet 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 whatsoever claimants.
Some landlord and business owners have begun seeking proof of status, even though asking for written or other evidence is not always legal, and even though many owners of 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 like the Service Animal Registry of California so fundamental to legitimate owners.
Although registration is optional, it can help shortcut the housing rental and business access issues once the owner can produce a simple document which will often fulfill the owner or landlord. Also, when working with public spaces, it's easier to give over a document with a simple sentence stating, "This is a service animal" and letting another 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, do some people scam the device, or game what the law states? Sadly, the answer then is "probably yes." In your life, there is always room for abuse and individuals can attempt to take advantage of many systems that people as a society put in place to protect the rights of people who need such protection. For example, 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 shop 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 those.
In the end, you cannot 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 ensure the disabled within the great condition of California have equal access under law.