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Woman gets very crabby about service dog in Delaware restaurant

A customer who went ballistic over the presence of a veteran’s service dog in a Delaware seafood restaurant has defended her tirade, saying she was the victim of racial slurs.

Ciara Miller, the woman seen yelling in the now viral video, says that before the camera was turned on during the confrontation at Kathy’s Crab House in Delaware City, racial epithets were directed at her by “six or seven people.”

And she told FOX 29 that she stands firm in her belief that her dining experience should not have been spoiled by a dog.

“No, actually I don’t regret how vocal I was. I reacted based on the way they reacted to me,” Miller said.

The dog in question is JP, a Great Dane belonging to retired US Air National Guard Force Master Sgt. Bill Austin who suffers from PTSD. JP was wearing a vest indicating he was a service dog.

Miller objected that her family was seated in close proximity to the dog.

“The dog’s body was about the same height as the table. Basically, the butt was sitting in front of me at the table,” she can be heard to say in the video.

When someone tried to explain to her that JP was a service dog, belonging to a veteran who fought for the country, she responded, “Congratulations, congratulations. My husband’s dad did too … My husband’s dad fought for the fucking country …I don’t care, I don’t care … There should be a separate section for a f—ing animal.”

Bill+Austin+and+JP+Service+DogAustin, meanwhile, said no one said anything racial to Miller, that she started the argument, and that his dog behaved appropriately.

“I really am hoping something positive comes out of this,” Austin said. “This is about bad behavior.”

Since the video went viral, Miller says she has been harassed online.

“I am frightened to send my daughter to school with the level of verbal content is being said to and about me, my family and I based on these fake articles,” Miller said in an email to the Wilmington News Journal.

Kathy’s Crab House issued a statement apologizing for the “embarassing turn of events … It is unfortunate that some of the public are not familiar with federal regulations regarding service animals, which, in fact, do permit service animals into establishments such as grocery stores, public buildings and restaurants …”

The restaurant announced it will be sponsoring a fundraising effort for veterans and service animals.

(Photo: Bill Austin, with his wife and, in the foreground, JP, photo provided by Austin)

Dog park confrontation probed by police

A confrontation over an unleashed dog ended in a California man’s arrest on suspicion of a hate crime, after a woman reported that he screamed racial slurs and tried to hit her with his pickup truck at Point Isabel Regional Shoreline, .

Police are continuing to interview witnesses who were present Saturday afternoon in what bills itself as  “the largest public off-leash dog park in the nation,” according to a  Contra Costa Times report.

Police booked David Triebwasser, 48, on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon and committing a hate crime. He later posted $175,000 bail.

The 55-year-old black woman arrived at the park in Southwest Richmond with her German shepherd about 2:20 p.m., according to police reports. Apparently upset about the dog’s behavior, Triebwasser, who is white, confronted the woman.

The woman told police he shouted, “Take your black ass out of this park!” and threatened to kill her if she did not obey. She reported that he shouted racial slurs, punched her in the face and hit her with his pickup truck.

Both the man and woman called police. The woman declined medical treatment .

Officers found several witnesses who observed a heated exchange and who confirmed some details of the man’s and woman’s assertions. Triebwasser denied voicing racial slurs, hitting the woman with his car or punching her, police said.