Service Animals, Emotional Support, and Guide Dogs9459468
Sadly, some people are asking whether "service animal" laws are now being abused by those that 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 they had to sit near your pet dog at a restaurant that they don't believe is really a "real" service dog, or others complain their neighbors have a pet in the "no pet" building simply because they claimed the pet is how to ask doctor for emotional support animal.
Some of the commentary posseses an indignant tone, and a few people are downright angry.
How does this affect those that legitimately own and make use of a service animal to better their lives? In lots of ways.
For one, it may it more difficult to navigate bureaucracy of the world when your claim of the disability and your service or emotional support animal's status is questioned. If your landlord or company owner has heard negative stories claiming that many people are abusing the machine, it can cause these phones look suspiciously whatsoever claimants.
Some landlord and companies have begun requesting proof of status, despite the fact that asking for written or other evidence might not be legal, and although many owners of legitimate service animals and emotional support animals haven't taken advantage of registering them, and thus have no such documentation to make.
It is the suspicious attitude and illegal demands of some landlords and business owners that make registrations services such as the Service Animal Registry of California so vital to legitimate owners.
Although registration is optional, it can help shortcut the housing rental and business access issues when the owner can create a simple document that may often match 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 the other party see the information, as opposed to having a long-winded protracted conversation (or even worse, argument) in public places, with onlookers listening in and gathering across the discussion.
So, perform some people scam the machine, or game the law? Sadly, the answer then is "probably yes." In life, there is always room for abuse the ones can attempt to take advantage of many systems that people as a society applied 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. As well as the number of people who lie on the 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, is arguably a very small investment when compared to the higher purpose of promoting access and equality for all.
In the end, you can not control any system to make it 100% abuse proof. So tolerating the few individuals who scam service animal laws is the price we gladly pay to ensure that the disabled within the great state of California have equal access under law.