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.”