Service dog kicked out of Nashville pub

Aaron Voris said he and his service dog, Harvey, was kicked out of a Nashville restaurant. (WSMV)

Specialist Aaron Voris was hit by two IEDs in Afghanistan.

He now has four traumatic brain injuries, hearing and sight loss, problems with his shoulder and leg. That's why he has Harvey, a service dog to accompany him wherever he goes.

"Pretty much everything that I am lacking he makes up for," said Aaron Voris.

Aaron Voris and his wife recently went to McNamara’s Irish Pub in Nashville.

Because of Harvey, the owner, Sean McNamara, kicked them out.

This despite the fact they said Harvey is A.D.A. compliant and they had the paper that proved it.

"He refused to see the paperwork. He wouldn't even let us approach the hostess stand," said Stephanie Voris, Voris' wife.

McNamara recently released a statement:“McNamara’s Irish Pub and Restaurant has a policy in place to accommodate service animals in all areas of the facility where patrons are permitted. If it is not readily apparent that the animal is a service animal, our staff is trained to ask if the animal is required because of a disability and what task the animal has been trained to perform. In this particular instance, the question of what task has the animal been trained to perform could not be answered definitively. The animal was then claimed to be an emotional support dog. Emotional support and comfort animals, are not designated as service animals as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) For this reason, as well as our responsibility to provide a safe and clean environment for all of our patrons, the dog was not allowed entry.”The Voris' hired attorney Richard Brooks.

"We're going to file the E.E.O.C. complaint," said Brooks.

The Voris' said they're not looking for money.

"We just want Mr. McNamara to explain and understand him. If he's determined not to do it, then I'm just as determined to do it," said Brooks.

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Carley Gordon joined the News4 team as a reporter in 2009.

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