CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. — A military veteran and officials of a Clarksville church have different versions of a disagreement, but both say the former soldier and his service dog left a worship service.
Kristofer Magstadt served four combat tours in 10 years as a member of the 101st Airborne Division. He told The Leaf-Chronicle he took his 5-year-old daughter to Greater Missionary Baptist Church on Sunday. Magstadt said when church deacon Archie Parker saw the dog, he requested Magstadt tether it outside.
Parker told the newspaper he wasn't concerned until Magstadt walked his daughter to the children's area, which is a small room. The deacon said he told Magstadt he couldn't bring the dog into the room.
He said Magstadt didn't explain the dog's purpose.
The dog wears a vest identifying it as a PTSD service dog.
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