Service Animals, Emotional Support Animals, and Guide Dogs6660248
Sadly, many people are asking whether "service animal" laws are now being abused by those that want to scam the device.
There have been news stories, articles, opinion pieces and other editorials where people rant and complain about people they think to be abusing the system. You hear some complain they had to sit near your dog at a restaurant which they don't believe is really a "real" service dog, varieties complain their neighbors use a pet in a "no pet" building since they claimed the animal is emotional support animal letter.
Some of the commentary has an indignant tone, and a few people are downright angry.
How does this affect those who legitimately own and make use of a service animal to raised their lives? In lots of ways.
For one, it could 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 business owner has heard negative stories claiming that some individuals are abusing the system, it can cause them to look suspiciously whatsoever claimants.
Some landlord and business people have begun seeking proof of status, although asking for written or any other evidence isn't necessarily legal, although 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 produce.
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 vital 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 that will often satisfy the owner or landlord. Also, when using public spaces, it's easier to give over a document with a simple sentence stating, "This is really a service animal" and letting another party browse 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, perform some people scam the device, or game regulations? Sadly, the reply is "probably yes." In everyday life, there is always room for abuse the ones can make an effort to take advantage of many systems that we as a society set up to protect the rights of those who need such protection. For instance, many drivers falsely display disabled parking placards to benefit from free and convenient parking. As well as the number of people that lie on their tax returns, claim improper tax deductions, abuse store return policies, or do other bad acts.
But that percentage of abuse, which in the area of service animal laws is hopefully small, could well be a very small price to pay when compared to the higher objective of promoting access and equality for all.
In the end, you can not control any system making it 100% abuse proof. So tolerating the few individuals who scam service animal laws will be the price we gladly pay to ensure that the disabled in the great state of California have equal access under law.