Emotional Support Animal' Mauls 5-Year-Old Girl At Airport: Lawsuit

The controversy at airlines around America over emotional support animals has just hit a new high.

A recently filed lawsuit claims a 5-yr-old girl at Portland Airport was mauled by an emotional support dog and the mother is asking the owner of the pitbull and Alaskan Airlines to cough up $1.1 million.

The attack supposedly took place on December 2017 while 5-year-old Gabriella was waiting for a flight to Texas with her family. That's when Michelle Brannan's pit bull showed up. The little girl was under the impression she was allowed to pet the dog, but the dog disagreed because it purportedly bit her face off.

The pit bull had no trouble getting into the airport and through security because it's a "emotional support animal."

The lawsuit states, "As a result of the incident, Gabriella Gonzalez suffered injury to the muscles, tendons, bones, nerves and soft tissue of her face, eye, eyelid, tear duct and lip, as well as emotional trauma." 

Gabriella also "required surgery to repair complex facial lacerations and a damaged tear duct, and has incurred medical expenses and will incur future medical expenses."

Delta Airlines recently cracked down on emotional support animals after a woman attempted to board a flight with a peacock.

 
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