Service Animals, Emotional Support Animals, and Guide Dogs8059430
Sadly, many people are asking whether "service animal" laws are increasingly being abused by those that want to scam the machine.
There have been news stories, articles, opinion pieces and 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 that they don't believe is really a "real" service dog, or others complain that their neighbors have a pet in the "no pet" building simply because they claimed the pet is emotional support animal registration.
Some of the commentary has an indignant tone, plus some people are downright angry.
How can this affect those that legitimately own and make use of a service animal to raised their lives? In many ways.
For one, it could it more challenging to navigate bureaucracy of the world when your claim of the disability along with your service or emotional support animal's status is questioned. In case a landlord or business owner has heard negative stories claiming that many people are abusing the machine, it can cause these to look suspiciously whatsoever claimants.
Some landlord and business owners have begun asking for proof of status, even though asking for written or other evidence might not be legal, and although many people who just love legitimate service animals and emotional support animals haven't taken advantage of registering them, and therefore have no such documentation to create.
It is the suspicious attitude and illegal demands of some landlords and business people that make registrations services like the Service Animal Registry of California so vital to legitimate owners.
Although registration is optional, it can benefit shortcut the housing rental and business access issues if the owner can produce a simple document that may often match the owner or landlord. Also, when working with public spaces, it's easier to give a document having a simple sentence stating, "This is really a service animal" and letting the other party browse the information, instead of having a long-winded protracted conversation (or even worse, argument) in public places, with onlookers listening in and gathering around the discussion.
So, carry out some people scam the device, or game what the law states? Sadly, the answer is "probably yes." In life, there is always room for abuse the ones can attempt to take advantage of many systems that individuals as a society applied to protect the rights of those who need such protection. For example, many drivers falsely display disabled parking placards to benefit from free and convenient parking. As well as the number of people that lie on their own 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 those.
In the end, you can not control any system to really make it 100% abuse proof. So tolerating the few individuals who scam service animal laws will be the price we gladly pay to make sure that the disabled within the great state of California have equal access under law.