Veteran Says He Was Assaulted, Kicked Out Of Bar For Having A Service Dog

An Iraq War veteran took to social media to express his outrage after he says he and his service dog were kicked out of an Iowa bar.


According to reports, Keleen Warren and her boyfriend Charles “Chazz” Russell were at Whitey’s Bar and Grill in Lisbon, Iowa, when the incident occurred.

“(The bar owner) jumped up from his bar stool and wrapped his hand around my throat trying to strangle me and I asked him several times to stop and he wouldn’t,” said Russell.

Russell says he suffers from PTSD from the time he served in Iraq. He has had his service dog, Elvis, since June, reports KWWL.

Russell’s post on his Facebook page also goes on to say the owner of the bar, Daren “Whitey” Rubner, also broke a bottle on the counter before attacking him.

Documents from the Lisbon Police Department confirm there was a fight at the establishment on July 3. Russell reportedly told police officials that he was assaulted by the bar owner.

“A gentlemen had a service dog inside the bar and didn’t want him in the bar, so they escorted him out,” reported Lisbon Police Chief Rick Scott. “The law states that a service dog can enter an establishment at any time.”

Warren made a post on her Facebook page that was shared more than 23,000 times. In it, Warren claims the incident began because the bar owner did not want the service dog to be inside the establishment.


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