Of all the places you would think a veteran with a service dog would be welcome, a gun shop would be near the top. But Russ Murray, who was in a Humvee that hit an IED in Afghanistan, says he was kicked out of Clyde’s Armory in Bogart, Georgia, because of his dog, Ellie.
The shop owner, Andrew Clyde, claims that Ellie was agitating his guard dog, but Murray’s lawyer says the law is clear: it is up to the shop owner to accommodate the disabled customer, not the other way around:
Murray says he just wants other businesses to be aware of the law, and no matter what the situation, welcome him and Ellie.
“I was just extremely hurt. I have this animal to help me when I’m out and it really disturbing that a business would do that when she’s there to help me go into public,” Murray said.
It seems that the education of the public is an ongoing battle for service-dog advocates.