Service Animals, Emotional Support, and Guide Dogs7973068
Sadly, some people are asking whether "service animal" laws are increasingly being abused by those that want to scam the device.
There have been news stories, articles, opinion pieces along with other editorials where people rant and complain about people they think to be abusing the device. You hear some complain that they to sit near a dog at a restaurant which they don't believe is really a "real" service dog, or others complain that the neighbors possess a pet inside a "no pet" building because they claimed the animal is emotional support animal letter.
Some of the commentary has an indignant tone, plus some people are downright angry.
So how exactly does this affect people who legitimately own and use a service animal to better their lives? In lots of ways.
For one, it could it more challenging to navigate bureaucracy around the globe when your claim of your disability as well as 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 device, it can cause these phones look suspiciously whatsoever claimants.
Some landlord and business owners have begun requesting proof of status, even though asking for written or other evidence isn't necessarily legal, although many owners of legitimate service animals and emotional support animals never have taken advantage of registering them, and so 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 important legitimate owners.
Although registration is optional, it will also help shortcut the housing rental and business access issues if the owner can create a simple document which will often satisfy the owner or landlord. Also, when utilizing public spaces, it is often easier to give a document having a simple sentence stating, "This is a service animal" and letting one other party see 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, carry out some people scam the system, or game regulations? 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 we as a society put in place to protect the rights of those who need such protection. For example, many drivers falsely display disabled parking placards to benefit from free and convenient parking. Not to mention the number of people that lie on their own tax returns, claim improper tax deductions, abuse store return policies, or do other bad acts.
But that percentage of abuse, which around service animal laws is hopefully small, is arguably a very small price to pay when compared to the higher objective of promoting access and equality for many.
In the end, you cannot control any system to make 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.