Service Animals, Emotional Support, and Guide Dogs9336271
Sadly, many people are asking whether "service animal" laws are increasingly being abused by those who 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 believe to be abusing the system. You hear some complain that they to sit near your pet dog at a restaurant that they don't believe can be a "real" service dog, forms of languages complain their neighbors use a pet in the "no pet" building because they claimed your pet is emotional support animal registration.
A number of the commentary comes with an indignant tone, plus some people are downright angry.
How can this affect those that legitimately own and make use of a service animal to raised their lives? In lots of ways.
For one, it could it more difficult to navigate bureaucracy of the world when your claim of a disability as well as your service or emotional support animal's status is questioned. If a landlord or business proprietor has heard negative stories claiming that some individuals are abusing the device, it can cause these to look suspiciously in any way claimants.
Some landlord and companies have begun asking for proof of status, despite the fact that asking for written or other evidence is not always legal, and although many those who own legitimate service animals and emotional support animals haven't taken advantage of registering them, and thus 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 fundamental to legitimate owners.
Although registration is optional, it will also help shortcut the housing rental and business access issues when the owner can produce a simple document that will often match the owner or landlord. Also, when working with public spaces, it is often easier to give over a document having a simple sentence stating, "This can be a service animal" and letting another party browse the information, instead of having a long-winded protracted conversation (or worse, argument) in public, with onlookers listening in and gathering round the discussion.
So, carry out some people scam the device, or game the law? Sadly, the answer then is "probably yes." In everyday life, there is always room for abuse and individuals can attempt to take advantage of many systems that people 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 take advantage of free and convenient parking. Not to mention the number of people who lie on their own tax returns, claim improper tax deductions, abuse retail store return policies, or do other bad acts.
However that percentage of abuse, which around service animal laws is hopefully small, could well be a very small price to pay when compared to the higher goal of promoting access and equality for those.
In the end, you cannot control any system making it 100% abuse proof. So tolerating the few people who scam service animal laws will be the price we gladly pay to make sure that the disabled within the great condition of California have equal access under law.