The Pet Tree House - Where Pets Are Family Too : Disabled Veteran Says She Was Kicked Out of Dollar Tree For Using A Service Dog The Pet Tree House - Where Pets Are Family Too : Disabled Veteran Says She Was Kicked Out of Dollar Tree For Using A Service Dog

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Disabled Veteran Says She Was Kicked Out of Dollar Tree For Using A Service Dog


A veteran with physical and emotional disabilities was allegedly kicked out of Dollar Tree for using a service dog.

Katherine Mera, 51, a Maryland employee of the U.S. Department of Justice, says she uses a service dog to help her PTSD after she was the victim of attempted murder while serving in the Army Military Police Corps in 1987. An attack with a crowbar gave her a brain injury, tremors and speech problems, and Mera’s Chihuahua, K.C., has helped her since the dog was 11 weeks old. 

As reported by WTOP, on Jan. 1, Mera visited a Dollar Tree in Germantown, Md., to buy a dog bowl for K.C., who was not wearing his service vest. “I went to Dollar Tree the day before and I had no problems with K.C.,” Mera tells Yahoo Lifestyle. However, on the second trip, a manager saw the dog and said that animals weren’t allowed, Mera said.

Mera says the employee wanted proof that K.C. is her service dog and asked why Mera needed one, and for details about the woman’s health.

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