A Delta Air Lines passenger had to be escorted off a flight after he was reportedly bitten in the face by an emotional support dog.
The dog, owned by a combat veteran who was seated next to the victim, reportedly mauled the passenger during boarding for a Delta flight at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport on Sunday, AJC.com reported.
According to the police report, Marlin Termaine Jackson of Daphne, Alabama, was in the window seat on the San Diego-bound flight and Ronald Kevin Mundy Jr. of Mills River, North Carolina, was in the middle seat with his dog, a chocolate lab pointer mix, in his lap when the animal attacked.
“There was a call for help. You could hear a dog growling and a bark and someone screamed ‘I need help, there’s a medical emergency,'” passenger Bridget Maddox-Peoples told Fox 5.
“His face was covered in blood,” she said, describing Jackson. “It was around his eyes, his nose, his cheeks, his shirt. When he walked out he had a cloth over his face and it was just completely bloody.”
The seating area was “completely covered in blood,” she said. “They came in and sanitized the area and replaced the airplane seats.”
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Maddox-Peoples indicated that another passenger on the plane said Jackson had his reservations about the dog and had asked Mundy, ‘Is this dog going to bite me?’
Mundy, described by the flight crew as a “combat veteran,” was listed in the police report as a military service member with the U.S. Marine Corps who “advised that the dog was issued to him for support.”
Jackson was transported to the hospital “in stable condition, but severe injury to the face due to several dog bites,” AJC.com reported. The flight was delayed as he and Mundy, as well as the dog, were removed from the plane.
The dog was reportedly secured in a dog crate and handed off to Mundy, who was not charged.
Delta issued a statement to Fox 5 about the incident.
“Prior to push back of flight 1430, ATL-SAN, a passenger sustained a bite from another passenger’s emotional support dog. The customer who was bitten was removed from the flight to receive medical attention. Local law enforcement cleared the dog, and the dog and its owner were re-accommodated on a later flight; the dog will fly in a kennel,” Delta said.
Another witness told Fox 5 that Mundy was seen in the gate area crying, cradling his dog in his arms and repeatedly saying, “I know they’re going to put him down.”
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