5-Year-Old Mauled by 'Emotional Support Animal' Inside Portland Airport

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February 27, 2019Feb 27, 2019

A terrible situation occurred inside the Portland Airport that shocked everyone around. According to reports, a young girl was viscously attacked by a dog.

Now, the mother of the child is filing a lawsuit against the owner of the pit bull. The owner claimed the dog was an "emotional support animal" and was allowed to be in the airport.

"The lawsuit, filed Monday in Multnomah County by Mirna Gonzalez on behalf of her daughter, Gabriela Gonzalez, claims Michelle Brannan, the dog’s owner, should have known her animal had “vicious propensities” and that Alaska Airlines allowed her to bring a dangerous dog into the gate waiting area without being confined or trained," reported Fox News.

The incident took place back in 2017. However, due to a ton of litigation, the lawsuit is now moving forward. The girl who was attacked has been identified as Gabriela Gonzalez.

"Gabriella, then aged 5, was waiting at the gate when Brannan entered the area with her pit bull, which was not kept in a crate, kennel or other secure container, the lawsuit claims. The child allegedly gained permission from Brannan to pet the dog. While she was petting the animal, it bit her, causing serious injuries," Fox News continued. 

Photos taken moments after the attack show that her eye was badly hurt and her lip was ripped open. Sadly, she had several other facial injuries and also suffered emotional trauma. The dog was permitted to be in the airport due to the Alaska Airlines policy of not requiring emotional support animals to be in crates as long as they were under control by the owner. 

"The suit claims Brannan is liable for all damages incurred during the incident and is seeking $100,000 for past and future medical costs and $1 million for the child’s pain and suffering. It was not immediately clear what happened to the dog after the incident," according to reports. 

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