Service Animals, Emotional Support, and Guide Dogs5055308
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 along with other editorials where people rant and complain about people they believe to be abusing the machine. You hear some complain that they to sit near your dog at a restaurant that they don't believe can be a "real" service dog, or others complain that their neighbors use a pet inside a "no pet" building simply because they claimed your pet is esa doctors.
Some of the commentary posseses an indignant tone, and a few people are downright angry.
How does this affect those that legitimately own and use a service animal to better their lives? In several ways.
For one, it may it harder 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 a landlord or business owner has heard negative stories claiming that some individuals are abusing the system, it can cause these to look suspiciously in any way claimants.
Some landlord and business people have begun seeking proof of status, despite the fact that asking for written or any other evidence isn't necessarily legal, and even though many people who just love 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 vital to legitimate owners.
Although registration is optional, it can help shortcut the housing rental and business access issues if the owner can certainly produce a simple document that will often satisfy the owner or landlord. Also, when utilizing public spaces, it's easier to give a document with a simple sentence stating, "This is a service animal" and letting the other party read the information, instead of having a long-winded protracted conversation (or worse, argument) in public places, with onlookers listening in and gathering around 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 make an effort to take advantage of many systems that people as a society set up to protect the rights of people who need such protection. For example, many drivers falsely display disabled parking placards to benefit from free and convenient parking. Not forgetting the number of people that lie on their own tax returns, claim improper tax deductions, abuse store return policies, or do other bad acts.
However that percentage of abuse, which around service animal laws is hopefully small, is arguably a very small investment when compared to the higher goal of promoting access and equality for many.
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 is the price we gladly pay to ensure that the disabled inside the great condition of California have equal access under law.