28 Aug '13, 4pm

Diner owner apologizes for tossing vet with service dog: A diner owner has apologized for throwing o... #airforce

OXFORD, MASS. — A diner owner has apologized for throwing out a military veteran because he brought in his service dog. Russell Ireland, owner of Big I’s in Oxford, told Air Force veteran James Glaser and his dog, Jack, to leave the diner Saturday. Ireland said at the time that he didn’t really believe Jack was a service dog because Glaser allowed people to pet and feed it, unlike the service dogs he has seen with other customers. Ireland swore and told him to get his “fake service dog” out of the diner, Glaser said. Glaser, who served in Iraq, says the dog helps him deal with post-traumatic stress disorder by smelling chemicals released by the stressed body before an attack and taking action to distract the owner. “I used to get mad, yell, break things,” Glaser said, explaining his PTSD. Ireland said he now has a better understanding of the situation because veterans have...

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