Service Animals, Emotional Support Animals, and Guide Dogs9041071
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 along with other editorials where people rant and complain about people they feel to be abusing the device. You hear some complain that they to sit near your dog at a restaurant which they don't believe can be a "real" service dog, forms of languages complain their neighbors have a pet in a "no pet" building since they claimed the pet is emotional support animal letter.
A few of the commentary has an indignant tone, and a few people are downright angry.
How does this affect those that legitimately own and make use of a service animal to higher their lives? In several ways.
For one, it can it harder to navigate bureaucracy around the globe when your claim of a disability along with your service or emotional support animal's status is questioned. If your landlord or business proprietor has heard negative stories claiming that some individuals are abusing the system, it can cause them to look suspiciously in any way claimants.
Some landlord and companies have begun requesting proof of status, despite the fact that asking for written or other evidence is not always legal, although many people who just love legitimate service animals and emotional support animals never have taken advantage of registering them, and therefore have no such documentation to make.
It is the suspicious attitude and illegal demands of some landlords and business people that make registrations services such as 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 when the owner can create a simple document that will often match the owner or landlord. Also, when working with public spaces, it's easier to give a document using a simple sentence stating, "This is really a service animal" and letting one other party read the information, as opposed to having a long-winded protracted conversation (or even worse, argument) in public, with onlookers listening in and gathering round the discussion.
So, carry out some people scam the machine, or game the law? Sadly, the reply is "probably yes." In life, there is always room for abuse and individuals can make an effort to take advantage of many systems that we as a society applied 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. Not forgetting the number of folks who lie on the 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, is arguably a very small investment when compared to the higher goal of promoting access and equality for those.
In the end, you cannot control any system to make it 100% abuse proof. So tolerating the few individuals who scam service animal laws may be the price we gladly pay to ensure the disabled inside the great condition of California have equal access under law.