Service Animals, Emotional Support, and Guide Dogs9792524
Sadly, some individuals are asking whether "service animal" laws are now being abused by people 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 your pet dog at a restaurant which they don't believe is a "real" service dog, or others complain that the neighbors use a pet inside a "no pet" building since they claimed the animal is emotional support animal letter.
Some of the commentary comes with an indignant tone, and a few people are downright angry.
So how exactly does this affect those who legitimately own and employ a service animal to raised their lives? In many ways.
For one, it may it harder to navigate bureaucracy around the globe when your claim of your disability and your service or emotional support animal's status is questioned. In case a landlord or company owner has heard negative stories claiming that some people are abusing the device, it can cause these to look suspiciously whatsoever claimants.
Some landlord and business people have begun seeking proof of status, despite the fact that asking for written or other evidence might not be legal, and even though many those who own legitimate service animals and emotional support animals haven't taken advantage of registering them, and therefore have no such documentation to make.
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 important 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 that will often satisfy the owner or landlord. Also, when using public spaces, it is usually easier to hand over a document using a simple sentence stating, "This is really a service animal" and letting one other party browse the information, rather than 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 machine, or game what the law states? Sadly, the reply is "probably yes." In everyday life, there is always room for abuse and individuals can make an effort 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 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, might just be a very small investment when compared to the higher objective of promoting access and equality for those.
In the end, you can not control any system making it 100% abuse proof. So tolerating the few people who scam service animal laws may be the price we gladly pay to ensure the disabled in the great state of California have equal access under law.