PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — He’s served in South Korea and Iraq, but Army Veteran Tim McGill says his current battle is to get his 3-year-old dog Layla back.
McGill has a brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder after his time in the service.
Multiple flashbacks coupled with depression and anxiety had doctors suggest a dog for McGill.
“I can still feel my best friend’s body just go lifeless in my arms,” McGill said. “Ten seconds after he said tell my wife and kids I love them.”
Until June of last year, the pit bull/terrier mix was the perfect prescription.
McGill says when he moved to a Lawrenceville rental apartment to go to the Art Institute, his dog wasn’t allowed. And that’s when McGill says he struck a deal with Laura Stratemier.
“It’s all a bunch of lies,” Stratemier said. “It’s him having a pity party for himself trying to get the dog back.”
McGill says he asked her to watch his dog while he applied to get papers to make Layla a service dog and in the meantime McGill, who is a tattoo artist, would repay her and her husband with free ink.
Laura Stratemier admits she was only supposed to have Layla for two weeks.