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Iraq War Veteran Gets Assaulted by Bar Owner

According to reports, Keleen Warren and her boyfriend Charles “Chazz” Russell were at Whitey’s Bar and Grill in Lisbon, Iowa when Russell and his service dog were kicked out. The Iraq war veteran said “(The bar owner) jumped up from his bar stool and wrapped his hand around my throat trying to strangle me and I asked him several times to stop and he wouldn’t." Russell says he suffers from PTSD from the time he served in Iraq. He has had his service dog, Elvis, since June.

In Russell's Facebook post, he also wrote that the owner of the bar, Daren "Whitey" Rubner, also broke a bottle on the counter before attacking him. Documents from the Lisbon Police Department confirm there was a fight at the establishment on July 3. Russell reportedly told police officials that he was assaulted by the bar owner.

Police Chief Rick Scott said “A gentlemen had a service dog inside the bar and didn’t want him in the bar, so they escorted him out. The law states that a service dog can enter an establishment at any time.”

Warren then made a post on her Facebook page that was shared over 23,000 times. Warren claims the incident began because the bar owner did not want the service dog to be inside the establishment. The post has since gone viral and has even led to the police chief and his family receiving death threats. Warren went on to say “We don’t have hard feelings. I think we can go out on the limb here and say we forgive his actions, but his future actions are what we’re trying to prevent.” The bar owner has yet to release a statement.

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