MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) – A former Marine has sued two Morgantown rental companies he says refused to rent an apartment to him if he brought his service dog.

The Dominion Post reports Bradley Knox filed a lawsuit in Monongalia County Circuit Court on Monday against Rice Rentals Inc. and Stadium View LLC.

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According to the lawsuit, Knox owns a service dog after being diagnosed with anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder.

Knox says despite his dog being a certified service animal, Rice Rentals told him he could not rent an apartment because of its policy forbidding animals.

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Knox says the policy violates state and federal fair housing acts and the West Virginia Human Rights Act. He seeks unspecified damages.

Representatives from Rice Rentals did not respond to the newspaper’s request for comment.

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