Veteran in conflict over service dog

Posted at 10:57 AM, Mar 26, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-26 11:57:28-04

Shaun Kettner is a marine veteran living in Kaukauna. Ever since getting his service dog, Sig, from Operation K9 in the beginning of February, he says his life has greatly improved with Sig helping him through his PTSD.

However, getting the dog also started a conflict with Shaun's employer, L&S Electric in Appleton, since they say more paperwork is needed before Shaun can bring the animal to work with him.

On March 7th, Shaun brought Sig to work with him. Most of Shaun's work is done at his own work space, and he has provided a kennel for Sig to remain secure while he is at work. Going to work without the dog is no longer an option for Shaun.

That day, Shaun worked for a few hours before being sent home because of the dog. That was the last time he was at work.

More recently Shaun was paid out some vacation time and then put on unpaid suspension. Shaun says his employer asked him to fill out several more forms.

Shaun and his wife Becca have also hired a lawyer to help them through the legal process during this unstable time. 

Having Shaun off of work and at home with Becca and their three children has put added stresses on the family, including emotional and financial. They have started a GoFundMe page to help with those legal costs. You can find it here.

Shaun and Becca are afraid his employer will terminate him over the situation. 

Hopefully by going through this process, the Kettner's hope that no other veteran with a service animal will have to face the same struggle.