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Attorney for man attacked by support dog on Delta flight released statement

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Marlin Termaine Jackson was attacked by a support dog belonging to Ronald Kevin Mundy Jr. of Mills River, North Carolina on Sunday, June 4  during the boarding process of Delta flight 1430. Marlin Termaine Jackson was attacked by a support dog belonging to Ronald Kevin Mundy Jr. of Mills River, North Carolina on Sunday, June 4  during the boarding process of Delta flight 1430.
DAPHNE, AL (WALA) -

A Daphne man who suffered severe facial injuries after he was the victim of a dog attack on a Delta fight headed from Atlanta to San Diego over the weekend, has obtained legal representation.

According to a police report from the Atlanta Police Department, Marlin Termaine Jackson was attacked by a support dog belonging to Ronald Kevin Mundy Jr. of Mills River, North Carolina on Sunday, June 4  during the boarding process of Delta flight 1430.

Attorney J. Ross Massey of Alexander Shunnarah & Associates released the following statement: 

"We understand and respect the importance of emotional support and service animals, especially for our nation’s veterans. We are also concerned with Delta Air Lines’ compliance with their policies to ensure the safety of all passengers,” stated attorney J. Ross Massey. “It is troubling that an airline would allow a dog of such substantial size to ride in a passenger’s lap without a muzzle. Especially considering the dog and its owner were assigned a middle seat despite Delta Air Lines’ policies that call for the re-accommodation of larger animals. 
 
“We expect airlines to follow procedures as required and verify any dogs traveling unrestrained in the open cabin are trained for handling the large crowds and enclosed environments encountered on board an airplane.” 

Officials say Jackson was seated inside the aircraft next to the dog's owner/handler.

Jackson's attorney released the following incident report:

"Marlin Jackson of Daphne, Alabama boarded a Delta Air Lines flight traveling from Atlanta to San Diego on Sunday, June 4. Mr. Jackson was assigned a window seat on the left side of the plane. When Mr. Jackson approached his aisle, passenger Ronald Kevin Mundy, Jr. was sitting in the middle seat with his dog in his lap. According to witnesses, the approximately 50-pound dog growled at Mr. Jackson soon after he took his seat.  
 
The dog continued to act in a strange manner as Mr. Jackson attempted to buckle his seatbelt. The growling increased and the dog lunged for Mr. Jackson’s face. The dog began biting Mr. Jackson, who could not escape due to his position against the plane’s window. The dog was pulled away but broke free from Mr. Mundy’s grasp and attacked Mr. Jackson a second time. The attacks reportedly lasted 30 seconds and resulted in profuse bleeding from severe lacerations to Mr. Jackson’s face, including a puncture through the lip and gum. Mr. Jackson’s injuries required immediate transport to the Emergency Room via ambulance where he received 28 stitches. He is presently awaiting consultation with a plastic surgeon. 
 
Mr. Mundy was moved to an alternate Delta Air Lines flight and his emotional support dog was placed in a kennel in the undercarriage."

According to a report from the Atlanta Police Department, Mundy is a military service member and the dog, a 4-year-old chocolate lab pointer mix, was issued to him for support.

Jackson was transported to a local hospital and is listed in stable condition. 

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