Vet wanting service dog at work placed on paid administrative leave

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LEXINGTON, N.C. — An Iraq War veteran with PTSD wanting to work with his service dog has been put on paid administrative leave.

The Brian Center nursing home has requested Ray Kirby not to return to work until they can reach an agreement on what he can do with his golden retriever service dog, Doc.

Kirby has spent the last few weeks trying to persuade company officials to allow him to bring Doc to work.

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Doc can sense when Kirby is on the verge of an attack and can calm him down, usually with a nudge.

A spokeswoman for the nursing home said they’re looking out for the interest of the people who live at their facility.

Kirby said other animals are allowed on the property. The Americans with Disabilities Act, which includes dogs that help calm people with PTSD, requires businesses to allow service animals wherever the public can go.

Kirby said he’s scheduled to meet with managers again soon to try to reach an agreement.

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