Service Animals, Emotional Support Animals, and Guide Dogs4835279
Sadly, some people are asking whether "service animal" laws are being abused by people 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 device. You hear some complain that they had to sit near your dog at a restaurant that they don't believe is a "real" service dog, varieties complain that the neighbors have a pet inside a "no pet" building because they claimed the animal is esa doctors near me.
Some of the commentary comes with an indignant tone, plus some people are downright angry.
How does this affect those that legitimately own and employ a service animal to better their lives? In several ways.
For one, it may it more challenging to navigate bureaucracy of the world when your claim of a disability and your service or emotional support animal's status is questioned. If a landlord or company owner has heard negative stories claiming that some individuals are abusing the device, it can cause these phones look suspiciously in any way claimants.
Some landlord and companies have begun requesting proof of status, although asking for written or another evidence might not be legal, and although many owners of legitimate service animals and emotional support animals have not taken advantage of registering them, and therefore have no such documentation to produce.
It is the suspicious attitude and illegal demands of some landlords and business owners 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 produce a simple document that will often fulfill the owner or landlord. Also, when using public spaces, it's easier to give a document using a simple sentence stating, "This is a service animal" and letting the other party read the information, rather than having a long-winded protracted conversation (or worse yet, argument) in public areas, with onlookers listening in and gathering round the discussion.
So, do some people scam the machine, or game what the law states? Sadly, the reply is "probably yes." In everyday life, there is always room for abuse the ones can attempt to take advantage of many systems that people as a society set up to protect the rights of those who need such protection. For 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 their own tax returns, claim improper tax deductions, abuse store return policies, or do other bad acts.
But that percentage of abuse, which in service animal laws is hopefully small, could well be a very small investment when compared to the higher goal of promoting access and equality for those.
In the end, you can't control any system making it 100% abuse proof. So tolerating the not enough people who scam service animal laws is the price we gladly pay to ensure the disabled in the great condition of California have equal access under law.