Disabled vet and service dog denied entry to strip club, manager arrested

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Who kept the dog out?

The 28-year-old manager of a gentleman’s club in Myrtle Beach, S.C., was arrested after he allegedly he turned away a disabled vet with a service dog last weekend.

According to WMBF-TV, a 24-year-old vet said he, his dog and another person were refused entry to the local Penthouse Club. The manager said the club, as a privately owned business, could refuse anyone.

Not so, said Myrtle Beach Police Capt. David Knipes:  “The law states that any place the public is allowed to come into, that service animal is allowed to come in as well.”

The vet said he had been paralyzed from the waist down, but regained the ability to walk. He uses the dog to retrieve things because he cannot bend over to pick them up.

The proprietors of several other gentleman’s clubs on the strip told WMBF that they’d never dealt with the issue themselves, but they could see the bright lights, noise, and general distractions of the club causing issues for the animals.

David Birch, owner of Derriere’s, disagreed. He had hosted a client with a service animal once–no problem.

“If it’s a vested service animal and has credentials, you can’t deny it,” he said. “That’s federal law.”

 

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[via WMBF-TV]

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  1. Pathetic how can you run a business and not even know the federal laws that you have to deal with regarding your clientele. Sounds like the owner needs a new manager.

  2. “When it is not obvious what service an animal provides, only limited inquiries are allowed. Staff may ask two questions: (1) is the dog a service animal required because of a disability, and (2) what work or task has the dog been trained to perform. Staff cannot ask about the person’s disability, require medical documentation, require a special identification card or training documentation for the dog, or ask that the dog demonstrate its ability to perform the work or task.”

  3. Also see:

    “SECTION 47-3-930. Interference with use of a guide dog or service animal; misdemeanor. [SC ST SEC 47-3-930]

    (A) It is unlawful for a person who has received notice that his behavior is interfering with the use of a guide dog or service animal to continue with reckless disregard to interfere with the use of a guide dog or service animal by obstructing, intimidating, or jeopardizing the safety of the guide dog or service animal or its user.

    (B) It is unlawful for a person with reckless disregard to allow his dog that is not contained by a fence, a leash, or another containment system to interfere with the use of a guide dog or service animal by obstructing, intimidating, or otherwise jeopardizing the safety of the guide dog or service animal or its user.

    (C) A person who violates subsection (A) or (B) is guilty of a misdemeanor triable in magistrate’s court and, upon conviction, is subject to the maximum fines and terms of imprisonment in magistrate’s court. “

  4. Also See:

    SECTION 43-33-20. Right of use of public facilities and accommodations of blind, other special need persons, and guide dog trainers. [SC ST SEC 43-33-20]

    (a) The blind, the visually handicapped, and the otherwise physically disabled have the same right as the able-bodied to the full and free use of the streets, highways, sidewalks, walkways, public facilities, and other public places;

    (b) The blind, the visually handicapped, and the otherwise physically disabled are entitled to full and equal accommodations, advantages, facilities, and privileges of all common carriers, airplanes, motor vehicles, railroad trains, motor buses, street cars, boats or any other public conveyances or modes of transportation, hotels, lodging places, places of public accommodation, amusement or resort, and other places to which the general public is invited, subject only to the conditions and limitations established by law and applicable alike to all persons;

    (c) Every handicapped person has the right to be accompanied by an assistance dog, especially trained for the purpose, in any of the places listed in item (b) of this section without being required to pay an extra charge for the assistance dog. Each handicapped person is liable for any damage done to the premises or facilities by the dog.

    (d) Every person who is a trainer of an assistance or guide dog, while engaged in the training of an assistance or guide dog, has the same rights and privileges with respect to access to public facilities and accommodations as blind and disabled persons, including the right to be accompanied by an assistance or guide dog or assistance or guide dog in training, in any of the places listed in item (b) of this section without being required to pay an extra charge for the assistance dog. A person who uses premises or facilities accommodations accompanied by a dog under the authority of this item is liable for any damage done to the premises or facilities by the dog.

  5. Also see:

    SECTION 43-33-40. Unlawful interference with rights of blind or other physically disabled person. [SC ST SEC 43-33-40]

    (A) It is unlawful for a person or his agent to:

    (1) deny or interfere with admittance to or enjoyment of the public facilities enumerated in Section 43-33-20; or

    (2) interfere with the rights of a totally or partially blind or disabled person under Section 43-33-20.

    (B) A person who violates the provisions of this section is guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction, must be fined in the discretion of the court or imprisoned not more than three years, or both.

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