Service Animals, Emotional Support Animals, and Guide Dogs3547982
Sadly, some people are asking whether "service animal" laws are being abused by those that want to scam the system.
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 system. You hear some complain they had to sit near a dog at a restaurant that they don't believe is really a "real" service dog, varieties complain their neighbors use a pet in the "no pet" building because they claimed the pet is esa letter.
A number of the commentary posseses an indignant tone, and some people are downright angry.
How can this affect people who legitimately own and make use of a service animal to higher their lives? In many ways.
For one, it could it more challenging to navigate bureaucracy around the globe when your claim of the disability and your service or emotional support animal's status is questioned. In case a landlord or business proprietor has heard negative stories claiming that some people are abusing the device, it can cause these to look suspiciously whatsoever claimants.
Some landlord and companies have begun requesting proof of status, even though asking for written or other evidence isn't necessarily legal, although many people who just love legitimate service animals and emotional support animals haven't taken advantage of registering them, and so have no such documentation to produce.
It is the suspicious attitude and illegal demands of some landlords and business people that make registrations services just 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 if the owner can certainly produce a simple document which will often match the owner or landlord. Also, when utilizing public spaces, it is usually easier to hand over a document with a simple sentence stating, "This is really a service animal" and letting another party see the information, as opposed to having a long-winded protracted conversation (or worse, argument) in public places, with onlookers listening in and gathering across the discussion.
So, do some people scam the machine, or game regulations? Sadly, the answer then is "probably yes." In 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 people who 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.
But 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 purpose of promoting access and equality for many.
In the end, you can't control any system to make it 100% abuse proof. So tolerating the few people who scam service animal laws is the price we gladly pay to make sure that the disabled in the great condition of California have equal access under law.