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4:58 PM, Apr 11, 2013   |    comments
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WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- Wilson is a trained service dog and helps my brother in law Pat Horan get around. While he has encountered  questions about Wilson's presence, he's never been kicked out of a place, until yesterday.

Patty, is Pat's wife. They had just visited their dentist whose office is next door to the Village Café on Stone Road in Centreville. Wilson sat quietly at Pat's feet while he got his teeth cleaned. Then, they went next door for lunch. Only to be shocked at the treatment by the owner's wife.

"I tried to explain to her that this isn't just a regular pet, this is a service dog. My husband is disabled. She really didn't want to listen to any of it. She just wanted us to leave the restaurant," said Patty. 

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They were given the option to order and sit outside and eat but there were no tables or chairs set up, said Patty. 

As Pat and Patty turned to leave, Patty tried one more time.

Patty said, "I turned and I said, you need to understand what the law is. What you are doing is against the law."

WUSA9 went to the Village Café for some answers.

Mo is the owner of Village Café. He told us his wife Mary didn't understand that Pat was disabled and that Wilson was his service dog. 

Mr. Aminfar was visibly upset about the incident, and says if just a misunderstanding.

Mo Aminfar wanted to personally apologize to Pat.

"Pat, we apologize and are really sorry for what happened."

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