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

There have been news stories, articles, opinion pieces along with other editorials where people rant and complain about people they believe to be abusing the system. You hear some complain they had to sit near a dog at a restaurant they don't believe is really a "real" service dog, or others complain that the neighbors have a pet in the "no pet" building because they claimed the pet is esa doctors.

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

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

For one, it can it more difficult to navigate bureaucracy around the globe when your claim of the disability as well as your service or emotional support animal's status is questioned. If a landlord or business proprietor has heard negative stories claiming that some people are abusing the system, it can cause these phones look suspiciously in any way claimants.

Some landlord and business people have begun requesting proof of status, even though asking for written or other evidence is not always legal, and although many people who just love 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 business owners that make registrations services like the Service Animal Registry of California so vital to legitimate owners.

Although registration is optional, it will also help shortcut the housing rental and business access issues once the owner can produce a simple document that may often satisfy the owner or landlord. Also, when utilizing public spaces, it is usually easier to give over a document having a simple sentence stating, "This can be a service animal" and letting the other party see the information, instead of having a long-winded protracted conversation (or worse, argument) in public areas, with onlookers listening in and gathering across the discussion.

So, do some people scam the device, or game regulations? Sadly, the reply is "probably yes." In your life, there is always room for abuse and individuals can try to take advantage of many systems that people as a society put in place to protect the rights of those who need such protection. As an example, many drivers falsely display disabled parking placards to take advantage of free and convenient parking. Not to mention the number of people who lie on the tax returns, claim improper tax deductions, abuse retail store return policies, or do other bad acts.

However 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 purpose of promoting access and equality for many.

In the end, you cannot control any system making it 100% abuse proof. So tolerating the few people 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.