Service Animals, Emotional Support, and Guide Dogs3801873
Sadly, some individuals are asking whether "service animal" laws are increasingly being abused by those who 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 machine. You hear some complain that they to sit near a dog at a restaurant which they don't believe can be a "real" service dog, or others complain that the neighbors possess a pet in the "no pet" building because they claimed the animal is emotional support animal letter.
A few of the commentary comes with an indignant tone, and a few people are downright angry.
How does this affect those who legitimately own and use a service animal to higher their lives? In many ways.
For one, it may it harder to navigate bureaucracy around the globe when your claim of your disability and your service or emotional support animal's status is questioned. If your landlord or company owner has heard negative stories claiming that many people are abusing the machine, it can cause them to look suspiciously whatsoever claimants.
Some landlord and companies have begun requesting proof of status, although asking for written or any other evidence is not always legal, although many those who own legitimate service animals and emotional support animals haven't taken advantage of registering them, and so have no such documentation to make.
It is the suspicious attitude and illegal demands of some landlords and companies that make registrations services such as the Service Animal Registry of California so fundamental to legitimate owners.
Although registration is optional, it can benefit shortcut the housing rental and business access issues when the owner can create a simple document that will often satisfy the owner or landlord. Also, when utilizing public spaces, it's easier to give over a document using a simple sentence stating, "This can be a service animal" and letting one other party see the information, as opposed to having a long-winded protracted conversation (or worse yet, argument) in public areas, with onlookers listening in and gathering across the discussion.
So, carry out some people scam the system, or game the law? Sadly, the answer is "probably yes." In your life, there is always room for abuse and people can make an effort to take advantage of many systems that people as a society applied to protect the rights of those that need such protection. For instance, many drivers falsely display disabled parking placards to benefit from free and convenient parking. Not forgetting the number of people that lie on their tax returns, claim improper tax deductions, abuse store return policies, or do other bad acts.
However that percentage of abuse, which around 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 those.
In the end, you cannot control any system to make it 100% abuse proof. So tolerating the few people who scam service animal laws will be the price we gladly pay to ensure the disabled within the great condition of California have equal access under law.