DALLAS (AP) — Southwest Airlines said Thursday that a dog injured a child as passengers boarded a flight in Phoenix, an event likely to fuel the debate over the growing number of emotional-support animals on planes.
A passenger on Wednesday’s Phoenix-to-Portland, Oregon, flight tweeted that a dog bit a girl as she approached it, and that she screamed and cried. The man, Todd Rice, did not immediately respond to a Twitter message seeking further comment.
Southwest said the dog’s teeth “scraped a child’s forehead” and paramedics checked the girl, who appeared to be 6 or 7 years old.
Southwest spokeswoman Melissa Ford said the dog was in the plane’s first row of seats with its owner, who said he warned the girl not to approach his dog.
Police interviewed the girl’s family and the dog’s owner. The family decided to remain on the plane, while the dog and its owner left and took a later flight, Ford said.
Judgment in favor of the support dog and his or her owner! The dog is a very good boy or girl, providing emotional support and protecting its owner from annoying little humans.
Rule number one with dogs (or really any pets) is that you always have to ask its owner permission to embrace it. Period. This is 100% the girl’s parent’ fault for not keeping their kid on a leash. They should have taught this to their child, and if the kid still didn’t listen, stopped her. I read 4-5 articles from different news sites to try to understand the full picture and my opinion stands. None of the articles mention the girl’s parents… That’s probably because they were like “well shit, we have no case here, they told our daughter not to pet the dog and she did anyway.” You know what also has signs that say Do Not Touch? The third rail. Getting a minor scrape on your face is nothing compared to electrocuting yourself to death.
This here is some bullshit:
- The flight was delayed 20 minutes, and you know how I feel about wasting people’s time
- The person with the emotional support animal had to take a later flight. F that noise. I’d throw the kid off the plane instead.
Also, fuck Kristine Phillips at the Washington Post for writing a biased article like an asshole:
She’s probably a cat loving, dog hating asshole. Nowhere did she mention that the owner told the girl not to approach the dog. Shame on her for that bullshit, completely misleading headline that made it sound like a child was attacked out of the blue. Nope. A little girl didn’t “see a dog” and get attacked. She approached it when the owner told her not to. Serves her right. There are consequences for not following instructions and getting bitten in the face is a very good lesson.
But of course, America is getting softer by the day and I’m sure Southwest will change their policies on emotional support animals.