A Delta flight about to take off from Atlanta to San Diego on Sunday had to be delayed when a veteran’s emotional support dog suddenly attacked and bit the passenger sitting next to him.
US Combat Marine veteran Ronald Mundy Jr., of North Carolina, was aboard Delta flight 1430 at the Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport with his emotional support dog, described as a chocolate lab pointer mix.
As is the custom, emotional support animals are allowed to fly with their owner at no charge, without a kennel, if they are properly trained.
During the boarding process, Mundy was seated in the middle seat, holding his dog in his lap, and another passenger, Marlin Termaine Jackson of Alabama, was sitting in the window seat.
The dog reportedly started growling at Jackson, who asked Mundy, “Is this dog going to bite me?”
Suddenly, the dog did bite, lunging at Jackson and biting him in the face.
Fellow passenger Bridget Maddox-Peoples told Fox 5:
“The gentleman’s face was completely bloody. His shirt was covered in blood. When he walked out, he had a cloth over his face. You could hear a dog growling and a bark and someone screamed, ‘I need help, there’s a medical emergency.’ The area was completely covered in blood. They came in and sanitized the area and replaced the seats.”
Jackson was rushed off the plane for medical attention, and Mundy and his dog were removed as well. They were put on another flight – this time, with the dog in a kennel.
Another witness said Mundy was seen afterward crying, while holding his dog in his arms, and saying, “I know they’re going to put him down.”
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