Veteran with PTSD Denied a Bus Ride Because of Service Dog

03 Jul 2015 11:02 AM | Deleted user

After serving 11 years in the Marines and Army, Daniel Wright suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder. He's also had nine surgeries on his left shoulder. So his registered service pit bull, Tank, helps him with everyday activities, including taking public transportation.

But Wright, who served four tours of duty, was recently denied a bus ride because the driver insisted dogs weren't allowed on the bus. Even when Wright showed the driver Tank's certified collar and vest, which states "US Army Service Dog," the driver still slammed the door in his face.

"I was just trying to come home from school," Wright told Fox and Friends on Monday.

New Jersey Transit officials told WABC that they are looking into how Wright was treated.

"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," the officials said in a statement.

Wright said he believes the driver's hostile attitude might be because Golden Retrievers are the recognizable breeds of service dogs, not pit bulls. And that they tend to be used only by people who are clearly deaf or blind, not those with less visible impairments.

"He's not vicious, he's not trying to attack anybody," Wright told Fox and Friends about his gentle pup, who is always good-natured with his two sons. "He's a good dog."

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