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Girl, 5, mauled by emotional support pit bull at airport causing horror injuries

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19 days ago - Thursday 2/28/19 - 6:48:17 PM EST (GMT-5)
A five-year-old girl was mauled by an emotional support pit bull at an airport, leaving her with horrific injuries to her face, her mum claims.

It is said Gabriella Gonzalez was petting the dog with owner Michelle Brannan's permission when it bit her and caused serious injuries including a punctured eyelid, severed tear duct and torn lip.

A graphic photo shows the girl with a gaping wound on her upper lip and blood streaking down her cheek from her right eye after she was allegedly attacked in the US city of Portland, Oregon.

Gabriella's mum, Mirna Gonzalez, has filed a $1.1million (£827,000) lawsuit against Brannan, the airport's owner and Alaska Airlines, claiming they were at fault for her daughter's injuries.

https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/us-ne...
19 days ago - Thursday 2/28/19 - 6:57:02 PM EST (GMT-5)
Cool. thanks a bunch for putting the bloody, graphic photo of a child's injured face behind a spoiler so those of us who don't want to see it can still read the thread!
19 days ago - Thursday 2/28/19 - 7:01:16 PM EST (GMT-5)
They really need to just shut down this emotional support animal bullsh*t now. I have bad anxiety but having to take care of a poorly trained, possibly aggressive animal in public would just make it 100x worse.

And what about the people with severe phobias of dogs or other animals or allergies? Why is there mental and physical health less important than your emotional health?
19 days ago - Thursday 2/28/19 - 7:18:51 PM EST (GMT-5)
I'm not very supportive of the emotional support animals, tbh.

Like Hael said, others may have adverse reactions to dogs, etc., and that's not fair to others let alone something terrible like this happening.

Sorry, but wtf at an "emotional support pitbull", also.
19 days ago - Thursday 2/28/19 - 7:22:32 PM EST (GMT-5)
Eh. Pitbulls aren't nearly as aggressive as most people think. A lot of them can be just as friendly as any other dog.

And it's far from the weirdest emotional support animals people have claimed.
19 days ago - Thursday 2/28/19 - 7:23:20 PM EST (GMT-5)
I don't have an issue with emotional support animals, but reading a different article, it said this dog had no special training. So it was really just...her dog.

Definitely not on board with the pit bull hate, either. The mom is understandably really upset about her daughter's injuries, and of course it's awful. But ANY BREED of dog can have a bad temperament, or even just a single bad moment. Breed prejudice helps no one and just hurts rescue efforts for dogs that are discriminated against based on nothing more than people's ignorance.
19 days ago - Thursday 2/28/19 - 7:23:33 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Thursday 2/28/19 - 7:18:51 PM Rag_Doll_ wrote:
Sorry, but wtf at an "emotional support pitbull", also.


Indeed.

And before anyone say German shepherd blablabla or it’s not the breed it’s the owner (which suspiciously sound like gun don’t kill people...), plastic surgeons are adamant that the damage by a pitbull (and variations) is much worse than other dog breeds.
I don’t want to kill any of those dogs, but let’s end the breeding and pick some other puppy.
19 days ago - Thursday 2/28/19 - 7:25:04 PM EST (GMT-5)
Its ridiculous. The last time I was in a plane, there were 3 dogs and a chicken. There was dog hair all over so if anyone had an allergy, they were in trouble.
19 days ago - Thursday 2/28/19 - 7:32:08 PM EST (GMT-5)
The fact that there are 4 different breeds lumped together as pitbulls (only 1 of which was bred for fighting), and that reports of dog attacks usually rely on the victim saying what the dog looked like so that any dog with a large head and short coat (combined with the common notion that pitbulls are the most dangerous breed) is often determined to be a pitbull, Also a systematic review found that in more than 80% of pitbull attack cases, the dog was large, not neutered, and unsocialized, and the victim was a stranger, all of which are major risk factors for any breed. And there jaws are no stronger than any other dog's.

Here in Baltimore pitbulls are everywhere. I've never encountered an aggressive one.
19 days ago - Thursday 2/28/19 - 7:37:01 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Thursday 2/28/19 - 7:18:51 PM Rag_Doll_ wrote:
Sorry, but wtf at an "emotional support pitbull", also.
On Thursday 2/28/19 - 7:23:33 PM Abzurd wrote:
Indeed. And before anyone say German shepherd blablabla or it’s not the breed it’s the owner (which suspiciously sound like gun don’t kill people...) I don’t want to kill any of those dogs, but let’s end the breeding and pick some other puppy.

I mean maybe if guns could be traumatized and conditioned to fear people, and were capable of acting on that fear, and the owner exposed it to strangers abruptly.

But I could get on board with that last part as long as we can also stop breeding poodles, bulldogs, and the various other monstrosities people keep buying for some reason.
19 days ago - Thursday 2/28/19 - 7:38:13 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Thursday 2/28/19 - 7:32:08 PM Hael wrote:
The fact that there are 4 different breeds lumped together as pitbulls (only 1 of which was bred for fighting)...Here in Baltimore pitbulls are everywhere. I've never encountered an aggressive one.


Even dogs that are specifically trained to fight can be rehabilitated. When Michael Vick got arrested for his dogfighting ring, they seized something like 50 dogs, in varying conditions. Several of them died pretty early on (they were in bad shape), but of the ones that initially survived, almost all were adopted by families, or even retrained as therapy dogs. Not a single one of them ever had a single reported incident of aggression after being retrained.

There was a documentary about it
19 days ago - Thursday 2/28/19 - 7:38:15 PM EST (GMT-5)
The only issue I have with large dogs in public is that they can do a lot of damage in a much quicker amount of time than a smaller animal, period.
19 days ago - Thursday 2/28/19 - 7:39:29 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Thursday 2/28/19 - 7:32:08 PM Hael wrote:
And there jaws are no stronger than any other dog's.


Not according to plastic surgeons.

19 days ago - Thursday 2/28/19 - 7:40:07 PM EST (GMT-5)
in public= I'm not talking about streets, parks, etc., but more unnatural, man-made environments like the airport.
19 days ago - Thursday 2/28/19 - 7:45:23 PM EST (GMT-5)
The thing about not wanting large dogs in indoor public spaces is I've never seen a guide dog (like a seeing-eye dog) that was smaller than about lab/German Shepherd size.
19 days ago - Thursday 2/28/19 - 7:47:06 PM EST (GMT-5)
"Contrary to popular myth, pit bulls do not have "locking jaws".[39] There is no physiological "locking mechanism" in the jaw muscle and bone structure of pit bulls or other dogs.[40] Pit bull-type dogs, like other terriers, hunting and bull-baiting breeds,[41] can exhibit a bite, hold, and shake behavior and at times refuse to release.[11][42][43] Pit bulls also have wide skulls, well-developed facial muscles, and strong jaws,[39] and some research suggests that pit bull bites are particularly serious because they tend to bite deeply and grind their molars into tissue.[44] Breaking an ammonia ampule and holding it up to the dog's nose can cause the dog to release its hold"

Ok so they do have stronger than average bites due to their size (but nowhere near as strong as a mastiff's) but their jaws don't lock on.
19 days ago - Thursday 2/28/19 - 7:48:38 PM EST (GMT-5)
Most of the guide dogs I see people training at school are about this size or slightly larger:

But I guess people probably start training them young.
19 days ago - Thursday 2/28/19 - 7:50:20 PM EST (GMT-5)
Why would she allow a kid to touch her service animal? I have trained my daughter to STAY away from service dog because they’re at work and doing an important job.
19 days ago - Thursday 2/28/19 - 7:51:18 PM EST (GMT-5)
Oh wait this was an emotional support animal? So it’s just someone’s pet that has paperwork for emotional support? It’s not an actual trained dog?
19 days ago - Thursday 2/28/19 - 7:52:29 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Thursday 2/28/19 - 7:51:18 PM petitefleur wrote:
Oh wait this was an emotional support animal? So it’s just someone’s pet that has paperwork for emotional support? It’s not an actual trained dog?


Yeah, that's what the article I read said. The lady had paperwork from her doctor, but the dog didn't have any special training.
19 days ago - Thursday 2/28/19 - 7:55:00 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Thursday 2/28/19 - 7:45:23 PM birdsong4j wrote:
The thing about not wanting large dogs in indoor public spaces is I've never seen a guide dog (like a seeing-eye dog) that was smaller than about lab/German Shepherd size.


Those are trained animals, though, not just some BS "emotional support" designation.
19 days ago - Thursday 2/28/19 - 7:56:39 PM EST (GMT-5)
Who remembers emotional support dog Dolce?
19 days ago - Thursday 2/28/19 - 7:58:34 PM EST (GMT-5)
Here's the thing about a lot of public spaces and service animal policies: staff can ask exactly two questions of the owner, by law.

1. Is that a service dog?
2. What tasks is the dog trained to perform?

They don't have to show you any paperwork to prove the answer to either of those questions, and while it's illegal to lie about your pet being a service animal, good luck with the ADA lawsuit if you kick out the wrong person.
19 days ago - Thursday 2/28/19 - 7:58:58 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Thursday 2/28/19 - 7:56:39 PM Rag_Doll_ wrote:
Who remembers emotional support dog Dolce?

I WAS JUST THINKING THIS.
19 days ago - Thursday 2/28/19 - 8:00:03 PM EST (GMT-5)
If they want to claim that an emotional support dog is needed under ADA, then shouldn't there be some training and certification for the dog?
This bugs me in grocery stores and the owners will let the dog ride in the cart.

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