During a trip to a restaurant, a woman became infuriated that a veteran had brought his service dog inside, and went on a rant that has since gone viral.
It's a well-known fact that service dogs can change their owners' lives for the better. Service dogs help to keep people safe, and are trained to perform specific duties to help their owners. Because they undergo specific and intense training and are so helpful to their owners, service dogs are protected under the Americans with Disabilities Act, and are permitted to go into public places, like grocery stores, where your everyday dog cannot go.
But that didn't stop one restaurant patron from complaining when she found herself next to a veteran's service dog. The incident occurred at Kathy's Crab House and Family Restaurant in Delaware City. A woman loudly voiced the fact that she found a man's service dog being in the restaurant "nasty." She went on to insist that the restaurant should have a "separate section" for people with animals.
You can see a video of the negative incident below.
Warning: The below video contains strong language.
Although the Great Dane is wearing a vest that reads "PTSD Service Dog," that doesn't stop the woman from protesting. She even claims that she's the widow of a military veteran, but continues her tirade.
Much of what the woman said can't be repeated here. Even though she's warned that she's being filmed, she continues with her rant, eventually leaving the restaurant with her friend.
The Delaware restaurant later posted a message on their Facebook page apologizing for the incident and announcing that they would be holding a fundraiser to benefits veterans and service animals through the Montana Wounded Warriors.
We would like to express at this time how sorry we are over the embarrassing turn of events that occurred earlier this...
Service animals are protected by federal regulations, and are allowed into facilities such as grocery stores, restaurants, and other public buildings. Emotional support animals, on the other hand, do not receive the same protections, and their acceptance is at the discretion of the owners of restaurants and other facilities. According to the dog's vest, the dog was a service animal, and was therefore allowed to be in the restaurant.
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