A Newark, N.J., Purple Heart recipient said he was turned away from a bus because he had a service dog.
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Daniel Wright told WABC last week he does not go anywhere without Tank, a pitbull who is trained as a service dog. “There were times I couldn’t even sleep with my wife because I was acting out in my sleep,” Wright said. “That’s actually why I have Tank. He wakes me up during night terrors, finding my medicine, he can go get my medicine.”
Wright, who served 11 years with the Marines and the Army, told the ABC flagship that when he tried to get on the NJ Transit Route 1 Bus, he was denied entry because of Tank. “I put my hand out, and people were getting on,” he said. “Then when I went to get on, he slammed the door…And I’m like, ‘Hey, what are you doing?’ He’s like, ‘You can’t bring dogs on the bus.’ I said it’s my service dog, he’s like ‘I don’t care.’”
The veteran was able to board a second bus after showing proper identification to the driver.
NJ Transit officials tell WABC they are investigating the matter, as there are legal protections that entitle passengers to bring services dogs aboard modes of public transportation. “Service animals are permitted on board all of our modes: bus, rail, light rail, and Access Link, and we take our responsibility to comply with the Americans with Disabilities act very seriously,” NJ Transit said in a statement.
h/t: Fox News
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