Adan served with the Army's 4th Battalion, 42nd Field Artillery Regiment, which was involved in the search for - and capture of - Saddam Hussein Photo: Twitter
A war veteran with disabilities is claiming that the owner and employees at a mattress store in San Antonio, Texas discriminated against him and his service dog, forcing him out of the store.
Adan Gallegos is suing Billy Bob's Beds in San Antonio Federal Court.
Adan claims the store's president, William Gholson, kicked him and his service dog Bootz out of the store, even though Bootz was clearly identified as a service animal. According to the complaint filed, the man persisted in removing Adan from the store "in spite of Bootz wearing an identifying service-dog vest and Mr. Gallegos verbally informing Gohlson that Bootz is a service animal,".
Furthermore, "store employees continued the harassment and ridicule after Mr. Gallegos left the building." Adan claims that Gholson called the police on him and that after he had exited the store employees followed after him and told him to remove his Wounded Warrior clothing and "go occupy Wall Street."
While serving overseas, Adan served with the Army's 4th Battalion, 42nd Field Artillery Regiment, which was involved in the search for - and capture of - Saddam Hussein. Adan is 70% disabled and suffers from depression and post-traumatic stress disorder. Bootz helps him by monitoring his behavior and alerting Adan if he is highly stressed or showing signs of a panic attack. The dog also helps remind him to take his medications.
Adan says that on the day of the incident, he entered the store with a family member to pick up a previously purchased mattress. Bootz was leashed, never jumped on any furniture, and under control during the entire visit. But, the fact that Bootz was a registered service animal did not sway the owner. The complaint states, "Gholson stated he did not care if the dog was a service animal. Gholson indicated that Mr. Gallegos was in Gholson's place of business and no one could make him do anything in his own building."
Ghoulson has not released a statement regarding the incident.
Adan is seeking punitive damages for violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act and civil rights violations and is represented by Denette Vaughn with Disability Rights Texas.
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