Service Animals, Emotional Support Animals, and Guide Dogs8712670
Sadly, some people are asking whether "service animal" laws are increasingly being abused by people who want to scam the system.
There have been news stories, articles, opinion pieces and other editorials where people rant and complain about people they think to be abusing the device. You hear some complain that they had to sit near your dog at a restaurant which they don't believe is a "real" service dog, or others complain that the neighbors have a pet inside a "no pet" building because they claimed the pet is esa letter.
A number of the commentary has an indignant tone, and a few people are downright angry.
So how exactly does this affect people who legitimately own and employ a service animal to raised their lives? In many ways.
For one, it can it more difficult to navigate bureaucracy on the planet when your claim of a disability and 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 them to look suspiciously whatsoever claimants.
Some landlord and companies have begun seeking proof of status, despite the fact that asking for written or another evidence isn't necessarily legal, and although many owners of legitimate service animals and emotional support animals have not taken advantage of registering them, and thus 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 if the owner can produce a simple document that will often match the owner or landlord. Also, when utilizing public spaces, it's easier to give a document having 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, with onlookers listening in and gathering across the discussion.
So, carry out some people scam the device, or game what the law states? Sadly, the answer is "probably yes." In life, there is always room for abuse the ones can try to take advantage of many systems that we as a society set up to protect the rights of people 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 own tax returns, claim improper tax deductions, abuse retail store return policies, or do other bad acts.
But that percentage of abuse, which in the area of service animal laws is hopefully small, is arguably a very small price to pay when compared to the higher goal of promoting access and equality for all.
In the end, you can't control any system to really make 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 within the great condition of California have equal access under law.