When a veteran brought an “emotional support” dog onto a Delta flight, he failed to admit the truth about the canine. It was not a supportive animal in the least but an attack dog waiting to lash out at the first person who rubbed it the wrong way. As a result of the veteran’s mistruth, Marlin Jackson became the victim of the veteran’s “chocolate lab pointer mix” that pinned Jackson against the window on the flight and started biting at his face like it was kibble.
Now Jackson, 44, is suing the owner of the “emotional support” dog because he has suffered permanent injuries. Delta Airlines is also going to be a defendant in that lawsuit since they allowed the veteran to bring the vicious dog onto the plane without a proper background check.
Meanwhile, the owner of the dog, Ronald Mundy, claims that his dog did nothing wrong. Although Jackson’s face was torn to shreds, Mundy believes his emotional support animal deserved to be on that flight because air travel makes him feel stressed.
However, the gruesome photographs of Jackson’s face prove that the innocent passenger became a victim. He required 28 stitches following the brutal dog attack.
Mundy (pictured) never provided any proof that his dog was trained or certified to be an emotional support animal. Delta Airlines seems to have simply trusted him at his word because he was a veteran. However, he should have kept ample restrains on the dog to prevent it from turning Marlin Jackson’s face into mincemeat for no good reason.
Because Jackson’s face was mauled on board the Delta flight, he seeks damages, which include pain and suffering, lost wages, medical expenses (of which there were ample), suffering and mental anguish (due to the fact that his face has been permanently scarred following the nearly airborne dog attack).
The dog attacked Jackson while the flight was about to take off from Atlanta on its way to San Diego. But the vicious dog left Jackson’s face filled with puncture wounds that required stitches.
Jackson “bled so profusely that the entire row of seats had to be removed from the airplane,” the lawsuit states.
Images of Jackson’s face left no doubt that this dog should never have been allowed on a flight let alone the opportunity to serve as an emotional support animal to a veteran of the United States military, which should only get the highest and best level of support.
In the wake of the attack, Jackson still has “severe physical pain and suffering.” But not only does he still have pain from the attack, but he also lost wages and accumulated a large medical bill because of Mundy’s and Delta’s negligence.
“His entire lifestyle has been severely impaired by this attack. The attack was briefly interrupted when the animal has pulled away from Mr. Jackson. However, the animal broke free and again mauled Mr. Jackson’s face.”
After the “emotional support” dog became an attack dog, Delta Airlines updated its policy for emotional support and service animals. Now they must go through more scrutiny before someone can simply take them aboard.
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