Veteran Kicked Off Boardwalk for Having a Service Dog

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vetA disabled U.S. Army veteran had trouble sleeping Thursday night after he was kicked off and receiving a summons for having a dog on a New Jersey boardwalk.  The dog is Jared Goering’s service dog, and helps the war hero walk and cope with his PTSD.

Goering served in the U.S. Army for 19 years. He served a tour in Iraq and two tours in Afghanistan. While serving in Afghanistan in 2009 his vehicle was hit by IEDs twice in the span of 36 hours. Gator helps Goering get around.

“I also suffer from PTSD, sever anxiety, depression – and my dog plays a big part in my life. His main purpose is mobility but he also helps me with all my emotional problems combat.”

Goering, his wife and his service dog Gator were walking on the boardwalk in North Wildwood, New Jersey Thursday night when they were stopped by a police officer. The officer issued Jared and his wife a summons for having a dog on the boardwalk. Goering was upset with how the police officer handled the situation and felt disrespected.

“He mockingly asked if all veterans get service dogs,” said Jared’s wife, Sally. “His dog is medically necessary and he is a service dog.”

After the incident Goering notified a shift Sergeant and the Sergeant filed for a dismissal of the summons. The incident is now being investigated by Internal Affairs.

Goering is upset with the way he was treated after serving his country for so many years.

“Just like any veteran with disabilities with a service dog, to come back and be harassed and shown no respect, it upset me – it really bothered me. I was up most of the night thinking about it.”

0 thoughts on “Veteran Kicked Off Boardwalk for Having a Service Dog”

  1. Investigation? What for – the cop was wrong, so very wrong. He had an opportunity to show respect and appreciation for this veteran and he chose instead to spit on his service. If he thinks he was right to do so, he needs to be fired. Otherwise, get down on your knees cop – apologize to this man and his dog and realize your sorry ass is safe because of the actions of this man and so many others like him.

  2. What investigation? He showed the dog’s papers and that should have been the end of it. There is probably more to story because the guy got mad at the cop(justifiably so). Maybe he even swore at him. Oh well officer get over it. You were so wrong. Keep up the good work Gator. Continue to do your job helping this veteran.

  3. nothing in the article mentions if the dog had identification or not. though the comment from the police officer was way out of line, there is a growing amount of people who claim their dogs are service dogs but have no identification or a real certification. from one veteran to another, thank you. but put some identification on your dog to save some trouble, that way you can tell the next moron to shove it when they act like morons.

    • It you had watched the news report, you would have heard that the officer was shown the dogs I.D., and still chose to give a citation and made them leave the boards. In my opinion, this sounds like a “newbee” cop who is still very wet behind his ears. That opinion comes from my experience as a law enforcement dispatcher for years.

    • You’re highly mistaken (didn’t obviously watch the clip in its entirety) as the dogs certification card was produced and THEN they were given a summons and booted off the boardwalk. AFTER producing such ID.

  4. All the police in this area should be trained concerning service and seeing eye dogs- this police
    man should profusely make amends or be fired – period.

  5. This just upsets me to no end. For a few reasons. 1. This Soldier requires this dog’s assistance to get around and he was not treated with any kind of respect or understanding with that regard, even after the couple showed the officer the dogs certification id card. 2. There are so many who misrepresent themselves and their dogs which is part of the reason why there are so many problems arising with service dogs being booted from establishments or outdoor locations such as this place.

    Folks who “buy” a piece of paper stating their dog is a certified service dog, when in fact they are not, are making the lives of those who truly require a service dog all that much harder. If you honestly require a service dog, go through the proper channels when going through the process of obtaining or certifying a service dog.

    I don’t condone this officer for what he has done. Once the couple produced the certification card for the dog, the officer should have left it alone. What more investigation is needed?

    Be aware that there are far too many “imposter” service dogs out there which makes things even that more difficult for those with true service dogs. Officers need to be trained on this!

    • First and foremost IT IS Against Federal Law under the American with Disabilities Act to question one about their service dog. They DO NOT have to have any type of certification nor produce such type if asked to do so. This is considered as a prejudice toward the disabled and breaking federal law!! I had to clarify this at my place of employment due to a mgr on duty asked a cust to take her dog outside. She told him it is a service animal and he continued to argue with her. I then went home on lunch break, pulled up the statute, printed it and returned to work. Gave copies to be posted in office,stockroom&where the labor laws poster was displayed!! General mgr and asst mgrs.realized that they could/would be fined along with the business/corporate itself!! Look it up and read it, find it very eye opening!!!

  6. According to the ADA.Gov’s website on service dogs, One does not need “proof” it’s a right to privacy. However, having documentation on one’s person helps to a degree. ADA makes the rules, and any agency that is trying to enforce the rules should be highly educated, especially law enforcement and security guards. They are the worst. I suggest anyone concerned about this or any other incidents, get the information off the ADA’s website and mail it to agencies in question to prevent this in the future. I educate on an in person encounter on a daily basis and instead of being angry, I feel empowered to education someone who had no idea what they are talking about. Hope this helps.


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