Restaurant Owner Arrested for Refusing Service to Woman with Service Dog

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A Myrtle Beach restaurant owner faces charges for denying service to a woman with a service animal.

A would-be patron told responding officers that she was denied entry to Seafood World because, according to the owner, “The restaurant is private property and has a sign that says ‘no dogs’.”

Police arrested 28-year-old Hrachya Avagyan of Myrtle Beach, charging him with unlawful interference with rights of blind/disabled persons. The police report notes that the service dog was wearing a “Service Animal” vest at the time of the incident, and that the owner was in possession of proper certification identification.

The victim told officers that she had attempted to explain service animal law to the restaurant owner, and showed him paperwork stating that her dog was certified, but she said the man just ignored her and told her to leave.

68 thoughts on “Restaurant Owner Arrested for Refusing Service to Woman with Service Dog”

  1. I continue to be amazed at the number of people who remain ignorant of the law regarding service animals. Quite frankly I am dumbfounded by these people who think they can ignore the rights of the disabled.

    What a disgrace!

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    • I’m afraid this doesn’t seem like a simple ignorance of the law… It’s a case of “screw the law, I’ll do whatever the hell I want”. It’s as if he didn’t want dogs in there outright, regardless of the rights of others and the necessity of dogs to people like her.

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      • I know this has nothing to do with dogs but please tell me you don’t really have a PhD in Fail.

        Things have to be better than that…..

        But then, we do seem to learn the most from our failures so maybe I am looking at this all wrong.

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  2. The name sounds foreign. If he’s an immigrant, he probably doesn’t know the laws regarding service dogs. Now he knows! LOL!

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  3. Add one more to the idiot list. When will people learn, let’s just hope it hits his pocket book hard enough so he has learned his lesson.

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  4. What I want to know is why this guy got arrested, but nothing happened to the people at Hooters who refused to serve a man with a service animal recently.

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    • What a great observation! Why is that? Maybe because Hooters has a bigger name with lots of lawyers on the payroll?

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  5. You’re correct. However, many breeders and trainers provide paperwork with the dogs. Ironically, many business owner who DON”T know the law, will accept “certification ” papers.

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  6. I live in Upstate NY and I myself have a Service Animal, but my dog is known as a Psychiatric Service Dog/Animal. However, my dog wears a vest because it’s a courtesy to the public but by ADA I DO NOT any kind of certification or documentation written or verbal.

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    • This is true, Lonna. I’m really glad that this organization now exists and these type of service dogs are recognized under the Service Dog guidelines. 🙂

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