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MB restaurant owner arrested after denying woman with service dog

Hrachya Avagyan is charged with interfering with the rights of a blind or disabled person.

A Myrtle Beach restaurant owner was arrested Monday after refusing to serve a woman accompanied by a service animal.

Hrachya Avagyan, 28, was arrested by Myrtle Beach police at Seafood World at 411 N. Kings Highway and charged with interfering with the rights of a blind or disabled person.

The woman called police after Avagyan refused to serve her on grounds the restaurant is private property and has a sign that says 'No Dogs'. Upon arrival, she told police she attempted to give Avagyan the dog's paperwork, but he refused to see it. The dog had a 'Service Animal' vest on and was properly certified.

Avagyan was arrested and booked at the Myrtle Beach Police Department.

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