Service Animals, Emotional Support, and Guide Dogs8649772
Sadly, some individuals are asking whether "service animal" laws are now being abused by those 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 feel to be abusing the device. You hear some complain they had to sit near your dog at a restaurant which 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 the animal is how to ask doctor for emotional support animal.
Some of the commentary has an indignant tone, plus some people are downright angry.
How can this affect people who legitimately own and make use of a service animal to raised their lives? In many 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 your landlord or business owner has heard negative stories claiming that some individuals are abusing the device, it can cause these to look suspiciously at all claimants.
Some landlord and business people have begun seeking proof of status, despite the fact that asking for written or another evidence isn't necessarily legal, and although 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 companies that make registrations services like the Service Animal Registry of California so fundamental to legitimate owners.
Although registration is optional, it can help shortcut the housing rental and business access issues once the owner can create a simple document that may often match the owner or landlord. Also, when utilizing public spaces, it is usually easier to give over a document with a simple sentence stating, "This is really a service animal" and letting the other party read 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, perform 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 and individuals can make an effort to take advantage of many systems that people as a society put in place 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 forgetting the number of people that lie on their tax returns, claim improper tax deductions, abuse store return policies, or do other bad acts.
However that percentage of abuse, which in service animal laws is hopefully small, is arguably a very small price to pay when compared to the higher goal of promoting access and equality for all.
In the end, you cannot control any system to make it 100% abuse proof. So tolerating the few people who scam service animal laws is the price we gladly pay to ensure that the disabled within the great state of California have equal access under law.