Service Animals, Emotional Support, and Guide Dogs8024895
Sadly, some individuals 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 as well as other editorials where people rant and complain about people they think to be abusing the system. You hear some complain that they had to sit near your pet dog at a restaurant which they don't believe is really a "real" service dog, varieties complain their neighbors use a pet inside a "no pet" building simply because they claimed the animal is emotional support animal letter.
Some 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 employ a service animal to raised their lives? In lots of ways.
For one, it may it more difficult to navigate bureaucracy on the planet when your claim of the disability as well as your service or emotional support animal's status is questioned. If your landlord or business proprietor 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 asking for proof of status, although asking for written or another evidence isn't necessarily legal, and even though many owners of legitimate service animals and emotional support animals haven't taken advantage of registering them, and so 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 important legitimate owners.
Although registration is optional, it will also help shortcut the housing rental and business access issues once the owner can certainly produce a simple document that will often fulfill the owner or landlord. Also, when utilizing public spaces, it is usually easier to hand over a document using a simple sentence stating, "This is a service animal" and letting another party read the information, as opposed to having a long-winded protracted conversation (or even worse, argument) in public areas, with onlookers listening in and gathering across the discussion.
So, carry out some people scam the system, or game what the law states? Sadly, the answer 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 set up to protect the rights of those that need such protection. For instance, many drivers falsely display disabled parking placards to take advantage of free and convenient parking. Not forgetting the number of people who lie on their own 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 investment when compared to the higher purpose of promoting access and equality for those.
In the end, you can not 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 that the disabled in the great state of California have equal access under law.