Prosecutor: No charges after bar kicks out veteran, dog - WNEM TV 5

Prosecutor: No charges after bar kicks out veteran, dog

Posted: Updated:
Stock photo Stock photo
GRAND RAPIDS, MI (AP) -

A prosecutor says no charges will be filed against a western Michigan bar that asked a veteran and his service dog to leave.

Jerome Smith used the dog to manage post-traumatic stress disorder from his time as a Marine. Kent County Prosecutor Chris Becker issued a legal opinion Thursday, saying Smith and the dog had the right to be in The Holiday Bar in Grand Rapids in November, but that the dog should have worn a harness or been on a leash.

The Americans with Disabilities Act allows a disabled person to bring a service animal into businesses that serve the public. Businesses can ask a service animal to leave if they believe the animal's behavior may threaten the health or safety of others.

The bar later issued an apology.

Copyright 2018 Associated Press. All rights reserved.

Powered by Frankly
WNEM
Powered by WorldNow CNN
All content © 2018, WNEM; Saginaw, MI. (A Meredith Corporation Station) . All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.