Service Animals, Emotional Support, and Guide Dogs4316007
Sadly, many people are asking whether "service animal" laws are increasingly being abused by people 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 machine. You hear some complain that they had to sit near your pet dog at a restaurant they don't believe is really a "real" service dog, forms of languages complain that the neighbors have a pet inside a "no pet" building because they claimed the animal is esa doctors.
A number of the commentary comes with an indignant tone, plus some people are downright angry.
So how exactly does this affect those that legitimately own and employ a service animal to better their lives? In many ways.
For one, it may it more challenging to navigate bureaucracy of the world when your claim of your 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 system, it can cause these phones look suspiciously whatsoever claimants.
Some landlord and business owners have begun asking for proof of status, even though asking for written or another evidence might not be legal, and even though many owners of legitimate service animals and emotional support animals have not 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 people that make registrations services such as the Service Animal Registry of California so important legitimate owners.
Although registration is optional, it can help shortcut the housing rental and business access issues when the owner can produce a simple document that may often match the owner or landlord. Also, when utilizing public spaces, it's easier to give over a document having a simple sentence stating, "This can be a service animal" and letting one other party browse the information, as opposed to having a long-winded protracted conversation (or even worse, argument) in public, with onlookers listening in and gathering around the discussion.
So, do some people scam the machine, or game the law? Sadly, the answer is "probably yes." In your life, there is always room for abuse and people can attempt to take advantage of many systems that people 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 folks who lie on their tax returns, claim improper tax deductions, abuse retail store return policies, or do other bad acts.
But 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 goal of promoting access and equality for those.
In the end, you can not control any system making it 100% abuse proof. So tolerating the few people who scam service animal laws may be the price we gladly pay to ensure the disabled in the great state of California have equal access under law.