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Sadly, many people are asking whether "service animal" laws are being abused by people who want to scam the machine.

There have been news stories, articles, opinion pieces and 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 dog at a restaurant that they don't believe is really a "real" service dog, varieties complain their neighbors possess a pet in the "no pet" building simply because they claimed the animal is emotional support animal.

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

So how exactly does this affect those that legitimately own and employ a service animal to better their lives? In lots of ways.

For one, it may it harder to navigate bureaucracy on the planet when your claim of your disability and your service or emotional support animal's status is questioned. If your landlord or business proprietor has heard negative stories claiming that many people are abusing the machine, it can cause them to look suspiciously at all claimants.

Some landlord and business owners have begun requesting proof of status, despite the fact that asking for written or other evidence isn't necessarily legal, and even though 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 create.

It is the suspicious attitude and illegal demands of some landlords and companies that make registrations services just like 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 if the owner can certainly produce a simple document that may often match 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 really a service animal" and letting one other party read the information, instead of having a long-winded protracted conversation (or even worse, argument) in public places, with onlookers listening in and gathering across the discussion.

So, carry out some people scam the device, or game the law? 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 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 forgetting the number of people who lie on the tax returns, claim improper tax deductions, abuse shop return policies, or do other bad acts.

However that percentage of abuse, which in service animal laws is hopefully small, might just be a very small price to pay when compared to the higher purpose of promoting access and equality for those.

In the end, you can't control any system making 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 in the great condition of California have equal access under law.