A disabled Vietnam veteran says he is being made to choose between his beloved dog and the apartment complex where he lives in Katy.
Gary Knott, who says he lost both legs and one arm in a combat related incident, says the leasing managers at the Grand Parkway Senior Living complex in Katy told him he had had to walk his dog, Harley, on a leash.
"Well, I only got one hand and I can't hold on to him and put him on the leash at the same time," said Knott.
Harley runs beside Knott while the two are out walking. While the dog is friendly and full of energy, some other residents have complained.
"The thing is, he's walking the dog early at 3:00, 3:30 in the morning," said Roberta Tauzin. "He's chasing and screaming at him because the dog don't listen to him."
A woman who identified herself as an assistant manager wouldn't comment about the situation and told a KPRC Local 2 crew to leave the property.
Knott says management told him the property rules require his dog to be on a leash at all times and if he doesn't comply then he has to move out or give away the dog.
Knott says he became frustrated and told the management he would move out, but then decided to pay about $1,500 to send Harley to obedience school.
"He's going to special school, two weeks where they teach him how to walk right beside the wheelchair and accept all the commands from me," said Knott.
Knott said he had a change of heart and now wants to continue living in his apartment. However, he says the management company told him he and his dog must still move out.
Now all he is asking for his some compassion.
"I don't feel like the country owes me anything," said Knott. "I feel like somebody should have some gratitude, you know compassion, between me and my dog."
Knott plans to move in with his daughter, unless the apartment management agrees to let him stay.