Combat vet with service dog denied by restaurant gets free meal after Facebook post
After two tours of duty in the Middle East as a Marine, Corey Houghtaling now requires a service dog to help him navigate daily tasks.
Houghtaling and his girlfriend, Jenna Williams, recently went out to eat at Wok N’ Sushi on Route 23 in Franklin. What was supposed to be a nice dinner turned into an anxiety attack for the veteran and a painful experience.
Houghtaling, with service dog Atticus, says he was refused service at the restaurant because he was accompanied by the animal. In a Facebook post, Houghtaling said, “I felt like a Vietnam veteran coming back from the war because of the way I was refused. When I was refused seating in the restaurant I proceeded to call 911 to get ahold of the franklin police department. I began to have a serious anxiety attack during this time from my issues overseas which is exactly one Of the reasons why I have my service dog Atticus.”
Hougtaling’s post went on to explain the police helped calm him down, but the restaurant tried segregating the couple and dog from the rest of the dining room in a downstairs dining area where no one else was eating.