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Police Officer to Disabled Veteran Denied Service: “You’re Not Blind, You Don’t Need a Dog”
Yahoo! News ^ | February 27, 2014 | Will Lerner

Posted on 02/27/2014 7:20:20 PM PST by DogByte6RER

Houston PD, Texas

Police officer to disabled veteran denied service: “You’re not blind, you don’t need a dog”

Aryeh Ohayon served in the armed forces for 23 years as a member of both the Army and Navy. Like many other military men and women, Ohayon’s experience hasled him to having depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). And that’s why his service dog, Bandit, is important. As he told KHOU 11 News, “He’s the alert if I start to if I have a panic attack or start to go back into a flashback mode…He’s my ground. And my family.” However, Ohayon claims that a Houston, Texas restaurant was less than understanding regarding this.

The police officer, thus far unidentified, was not at all understanding. Ohayon told KHOU, “I told him what my disabilities were. That’s when he said, ‘You’re not blind.’ [The officer said,] ‘I don’t see why you need the dog.’” Ohayon left the restaurant, not happy over his treatment. If you’re thinking that maybe reports on this manner have made the Houston PD realize their error…you’d be wrong.

The Houston Chronicle reports that HPD said the complaint was, “cleared as a civil manner.” Spokesperson Victor Senties said that the issue will need to be, “resolved between the two parties.” This continued dismissal over the manner by the Houston Police Department has made people furious.

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TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Health/Medicine; Local News; Society
KEYWORDS: badcops; canine; cops; dog; doggieping; dogs; donutwatch; houston; k9; military; servicedog; texas; veterans
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1 posted on 02/27/2014 7:20:20 PM PST by DogByte6RER
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More coverage ...

“Disabled vet kicked out of Houston restaurant over service dog”

http://www.khou.com/news/local/Disabled-vet-kicked-out-of-restaurant-over-service-dog-told-youre-not-blind-247409761.html


2 posted on 02/27/2014 7:21:08 PM PST by DogByte6RER ("Loose lips sink ships")
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To: AnAmericanMother; Titan Magroyne; Badeye; SandRat; arbooz; potlatch; afraidfortherepublic; ...
WOOOF!

Computer Hope

The Doggie Ping list is for FReepers who would like to be notified of threads relating to all things canid. If you would like to join the Doggie Ping Pack (or be unleashed from it), FReemail me.

3 posted on 02/27/2014 7:22:48 PM PST by Joe 6-pack (Qui me amat, amat et canem meum.)
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To: DogByte6RER

http://veteransbestfriend.org/

Veteran’s Best Friend seeks support for the Military Veteran men and women who suffer with some form of psychological condition and finding homes for shelter & homeless animals so that both may live in dignity as they embark on their journey together. Veteran’s Best Friend will provide our nation’s heroes with accessible, cost-effective animal companionship and (service dog) training.

The goal of Veteran’s Best Friend is to provide the necessary training so that a dog can be the Veterans’ Psychiatric Service Dog and help place appropriate dogs with a Veteran when needed to accomplish this. We view this goal as a win-win for both the dog and Veteran involved. Not only does such a union benefit the dog and Veteran, but it also benefits the community by helping the Veteran. Many Veterans that suffer from psychological conditions like post-traumatic stress disorder find daily activities very challenging, tasks like going to the store or even work can disable them.

For a long time the answer has been medications, but such treatments can be further limiting, have undesired side-effects and long-term use can cause health issues for the Veteran. The use and support of a Psychiatric Service Dog is as natural as it can get, with the hopes of reducing the medications used and helping the Veteran regain their freedom…by having the confidence to go out in public settings with their canine companion.


4 posted on 02/27/2014 7:24:52 PM PST by EBH ( The Day of the Patriot has arrived.)
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To: Alaska Wolf
Police fail ping

they failed to shoot the dog

5 posted on 02/27/2014 7:27:39 PM PST by null and void (<--- unwilling cattle-car passenger on the bullet train to serfdom)
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Obamacare photo: ObamaCare ObamaCare.jpg It sounds as though Obamacare has empowered the average city beat cop with the medical diagnostic skills of a PhD medical doctor
6 posted on 02/27/2014 7:28:04 PM PST by DogByte6RER ("Loose lips sink ships")
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To: DogByte6RER
I don't really agree with the law, but it is "the law of the land."

Isn't it interesting how law enforcement no longer considers it to be its job to enforce laws it doesn't like in the age of Ubama?

Coincidence?

7 posted on 02/27/2014 7:31:45 PM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (If Barack Hussein Obama entertains a thought that he does not verbalize, is it still a lie?)
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To: DogByte6RER

Should’ve said the dog was homosexual, the restaurant couldn’t deny service.


8 posted on 02/27/2014 7:35:45 PM PST by FreedomGuru (Time for torches and pitchforks.)
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To: DogByte6RER

Shoulda’ said he likes to take it up the butt.


9 posted on 02/27/2014 7:36:19 PM PST by Eagles6 (Valley Forge Redux)
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To: DogByte6RER

Cleveland...and I’m not kiddin’.


10 posted on 02/27/2014 7:40:54 PM PST by berdie
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To: DogByte6RER
23 years in the Armed Forces gives an American a lot of credibility in my book.I've heard of “service dog” claims that sound pretty dodgy to me but in this case I think the guy deserves the benefit of the doubt.I served,Vietnam era (but not *in* SE Asia),and the ugliest/most dangerous thing I ever saw in uniform was Army chow.Therefore I can't pass judgment on those claiming injury (physical or psychological) so...the service dog is recognized as necessary.
11 posted on 02/27/2014 7:44:53 PM PST by Gay State Conservative (Stalin Blamed The Kulaks,Obama Blames The Tea Party)
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To: DogByte6RER

I had an aunt who was deaf from birth. When she was in her 70’s, hearing dogs came on the scene, and we got one for her—an adorable little sheltie. The dog alerted her to such things as the telephone ringing, the doorbell, the fire alarms, or when anyone came too close to her house. Because of “Shookie” as he was named, my aunt was able to live alone and we all felt comfortable with that.

When she was out somewhere with the dog, it wore an orange vest and had an orange collar and leash, which designated him as a “working” dog.

She was allowed in just about everywhere with that dog-—and this was at least 15 or 20 years ago.


12 posted on 02/27/2014 7:48:11 PM PST by basil (2ASisters.org)
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To: DogByte6RER

This police officer needs some training in the law. He’s acting out of ignorance.


13 posted on 02/27/2014 7:52:41 PM PST by DBrow
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To: DBrow

No. He does not need training. He needs his ass kicked.


14 posted on 02/27/2014 7:57:44 PM PST by Tupelo (I am feeling more like Philip Nolan every day)
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To: DogByte6RER; All

There will be a judge at the Houston rodeo holding court for people charged with being drunk. You will be arrested, tried and convicted on the spot then hauled off to jail.

They will also have drones flying above supposedly to watch cars in the parking lots and keep them from being broken into or vandalized.

We are now officially in a police state.


15 posted on 02/27/2014 8:07:07 PM PST by VerySadAmerican (".....Barrack, and the horse Mohammed rode in on.")
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To: DogByte6RER

By calling the police, that guy put his dog in mortal danger.


16 posted on 02/27/2014 8:14:14 PM PST by Fiji Hill (Io Triumphe!)
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To: Tupelo

That’s a form of training, if you shout WHY you are kicking his ass.

I think he’s acting out of ignorance, not meanness, so I’m willing to cut a little slack. Just a little.

I have pals with service dogs so this is close to home for me.


17 posted on 02/27/2014 8:18:33 PM PST by DBrow
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Service dogs are authorized under the ADA. They are not pets. They serve specific functions, and are trained, like seeing eye dogs. This idiot cop has no idea what the F he is doing and should be severely reprimanded for stupidity while on duty. Then fired, with prejudice.
18 posted on 02/27/2014 8:19:58 PM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: DogByte6RER

It would be nice if every restaurant in Houston refused to serve any cops until this one issues a public apology.


19 posted on 02/27/2014 8:28:46 PM PST by TigersEye (Stupid is a Progressive disease.)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum
Coincidence?

Consider:

1. The increased number of police shooting citizens using the excuse I thought he/ she was ________ and escaping prosecution by saying, "I was in fear of my life".

2. Consider the militarizing of the police using military war vehicles.

3. Consider the reductions of force in the Armed Forces along with the growth of "Law Enforcement agencies" and SWAT teams for the IRS and Department of Education. And keep in mind Obama's, We need a civilian force just as well armed and well funded as the military.

You make the call.

20 posted on 02/27/2014 8:33:50 PM PST by sport
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To: null and void

LOL / Ouch.


21 posted on 02/27/2014 8:37:01 PM PST by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: FreedomGuru

Should have said he was married to the dog. The meal would have been on the house.


22 posted on 02/27/2014 8:40:57 PM PST by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: DogByte6RER

You’re not blind, you don’t need a dog.
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I guess he would have gotten shot if he had responded.

“Well, you are a complete idiot, yet you have a badge and a gun.”


23 posted on 02/27/2014 8:58:15 PM PST by xrmusn (6/98 --When you have them by the short hairs, the minds and hearts soon follow.)
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To: null and void

I have so many stories about the Houston police, they used to be violent beyond what most modern Americans would believe, of course a lot of police departments used to be.


24 posted on 02/27/2014 9:04:50 PM PST by ansel12 (Ben Bradlee -- JFK told me that "he was all for people's solving their problems by abortion".)
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To: DogByte6RER

The way the law’s progressing, maybe if he produced a marriage certificate ...


25 posted on 02/27/2014 9:23:38 PM PST by Zhang Fei (Let us pray that peace be now restored to the world and that God will preserve it always.)
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To: Joe 6-pack

How nice of the government employee to tell the private citizen what he “needs”.


26 posted on 02/27/2014 9:34:36 PM PST by Altariel ("Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal!")
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To: DogByte6RER

In my veteran-centered medical practice I recently assisted two vets who served in the sandbox and have PTSD and multiple musculo-skeletal injuries from combat to get service dogs.

I was blessed to meet Murphy and Justice this week when their owners came to see me. I have never seen these guys so happy and content. The dogs are wonderful and what they do for the vets is even better.

I’m getting really agitated reading these stories about stupid cops and their out-of-control behavior. When I was in college in the 1960’s and -70’s I did not believe in violent revolution. Now I do.


27 posted on 02/27/2014 9:54:08 PM PST by 43north (BHO: 50% black, 50% white, 100% RED.)
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To: DogByte6RER

Was the dog certified and wearing correct identifier?


28 posted on 02/27/2014 9:55:47 PM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: basil

“15 or 20 years ago.”

How many peolpe knew the Earth traveled around the Sun?

http://www.upi.com/Science_News/2014/02/15/Poll-26-percent-in-US-do-not-know-Earth-goes-around-sun/UPI-51491392493264/?spt=sh&or=2

sarc/na, we wish


29 posted on 02/27/2014 11:17:43 PM PST by WorksinKOP
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To: DogByte6RER

30 posted on 02/27/2014 11:50:07 PM PST by Ken H (What happens on the internet, stays on the internet.)
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To: DogByte6RER

Another NAZI Cop. A paramilitary piece of crap spawned by the academies.

1) Civilian Review Boards

2) Residency reequirements

3) Replace Police Chiefs with civilian directors of public safety who answer to elected officials not the FOP or PBA

4) End binding arbitration

5) End 20 and out

6) Volunteer civilian monitors in each and every class in the police academies

7) Take away the military toys like armored personnel carrier from these clowns and give them back to the National Guard where they belong.

8) De-Institutionalize the FOP and PBA. Cops are civil servants. They shouldn’t have a union.

These are the only solutions to the growing spread of NAZI cops.


31 posted on 02/28/2014 2:31:48 AM PST by ZULU (Magua is sitting in the Oval Office. Ted Cruz/Phil Robertson in 2016.)
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To: DogByte6RER

Hey, isn’t this the same guy who got tossed out of a Starbucks because of his dog last month? Does this happen to him all the time?


32 posted on 02/28/2014 4:24:21 AM PST by servo1969
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To: servo1969
Hey, isn’t this the same guy who got tossed out of a Starbucks because of his dog last month? Does this happen to him all the time?

No. Looks like three different incidents, with three different vets and their dogs.

From the article.:

Sadly, this isn’t the first time a veteran has been refused service by a Texas restaurant over having a service dog. Only last week , Marine Corps veteran Don Brown was turned away by the River Side Inn Marina in Channelview, Texas over his service dog, Truman. Earlier in February, an Army veteran was, “confronted and embarrassed at a Houston Starbucks.”

33 posted on 02/28/2014 5:17:39 AM PST by RikaStrom ("To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize." ~Voltaire)
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To: RikaStrom

One might suspect the cops know the vets have done more in service of their nation than any stateside officer in a magical government costume has done.

Certainly have been quite a few stories of cops targeting vets, lately. War against vets?


34 posted on 02/28/2014 5:52:25 AM PST by Altariel ("Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal!")
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To: Altariel
Certainly have been quite a few stories of cops targeting vets, lately. War against vets?

Wouldn't surprise me any.

Remember, by the new rules that Obama illegally implemented, they could get the rights of these veterans taken away by simply saying they were "troubled".

I used to respect police, my family has a police/military background. It used to be one bad egg in a group, now it seems that there is on good egg in the group. I don't know how good cops keep going on these days. Especially the cops in Houston, I have seen them turn right at an intersection to avoid the accident that happened just in front of them.

There was a FReeper yesterday, and I ashamed that I don't recall his name, was making the point that our military is turning into cops, and our cops are turning into military, especially against our own citizens.

I would think long and hard now days as to whether I would put my trust in a cop.

35 posted on 02/28/2014 7:40:30 AM PST by RikaStrom ("To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize." ~Voltaire)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum
I wonder if that cop ever was in the service? If he was he should be FIRED on the spot. If not sign him up for a tour in some nasty place.
36 posted on 02/28/2014 8:48:39 AM PST by ANGGAPO (Layte Gulf Beach Club)
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To: DogByte6RER

In this case, there are these professional victims who use dogs.

Have to have a dog with them at all times or they will go crazy. Need special treatment you or I can’t get.


37 posted on 02/28/2014 9:10:31 AM PST by ifinnegan
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