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Sadly, some individuals are asking whether "service animal" laws are being abused by those who want to scam the system.

There have been news stories, articles, opinion pieces as well as other editorials where people rant and complain about people they believe to be abusing the machine. You hear some complain that they to sit near a dog at a restaurant they don't believe is really a "real" service dog, varieties complain that the neighbors have a pet in a "no pet" building since they claimed your pet is esa letter.

A few of the commentary has an indignant tone, and a few people are downright angry.

So how exactly does this affect those who legitimately own and make use of a service animal to raised their lives? In many ways.

For one, it could it harder to navigate bureaucracy on the planet when your claim of your disability along with your service or emotional support animal's status is questioned. If a landlord or business owner has heard negative stories claiming that many people are abusing the device, it can cause these to look suspiciously in any way claimants.

Some landlord and business owners have begun requesting proof of status, despite the fact that asking for written or any other evidence is not always legal, and although many owners of legitimate service animals and emotional support animals haven't taken advantage of registering them, and so 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 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 that will often satisfy the owner or landlord. Also, when working with public spaces, it's easier to hand over a document using 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 even worse, argument) in public areas, with onlookers listening in and gathering around the discussion.

So, perform some people scam the machine, or game what the law states? Sadly, the reply is "probably yes." In your life, there is always room for abuse and people can attempt to take advantage of many systems that individuals as a society set up to protect the rights of those that need such protection. As an example, many drivers falsely display disabled parking placards to benefit from free and convenient parking. As well as 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 the area of service animal laws is hopefully small, might just be a very small price to pay when compared to the higher goal 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 may be the price we gladly pay to ensure that the disabled in the great state of California have equal access under law.