Service Animals, Emotional Support, and Guide Dogs2267700
Sadly, some people 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 and other editorials where people rant and complain about people they feel to be abusing the machine. You hear some complain that they to sit near your dog at a restaurant they don't believe is really a "real" service dog, forms of languages complain their neighbors use a pet in a "no pet" building since they claimed your pet is esa doctors.
Some of the commentary has an indignant tone, and a few people are downright angry.
How can this affect those who legitimately own and make use of a service animal to raised their lives? In lots of ways.
For one, it may it harder to navigate bureaucracy of the world when your claim of the disability as well as your service or emotional support animal's status is questioned. In case a landlord or business proprietor has heard negative stories claiming that some individuals are abusing the machine, it can cause them to look suspiciously at all claimants.
Some landlord and business people have begun seeking proof of status, although asking for written or any other evidence might not be legal, and even though many those who own legitimate service animals and emotional support animals have not taken advantage of registering them, and thus 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 important 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 which will often match the owner or landlord. Also, when using public spaces, it's easier to give over a document with a simple sentence stating, "This can be a service animal" and letting one other party read the information, instead of having a long-winded protracted conversation (or worse yet, argument) in public areas, with onlookers listening in and gathering around the discussion.
So, carry out some people scam the system, or game regulations? 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 set up to protect the rights of those that need such protection. As an example, many drivers falsely display disabled parking placards to benefit from free and convenient parking. Not forgetting the number of people who lie on the 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 objective of promoting access and equality for all.
In the end, you can not control any system to really make it 100% abuse proof. So tolerating the few people who scam service animal laws may be the price we gladly pay to make sure that the disabled inside the great condition of California have equal access under law.