(KGTV)--A Delta passenger who was mauled by a Marine veteran's emotional support dog on a flight from Atlanta to San Diego Sunday is severely injured, according to his attorney.
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Marlin Jackson's attorney J. Ross Massey released Jackson's account of the incident. Jackson was sitting the window seat and Ronald Mundy Jr. was in the middle seat with the approximately 50-pound dog in his lap, said Massey. The dog growled at Jackson and began biting him, then broke free from Mundy and attacked Jackson a second time, according to the attorney.
Massey said Jackson needed 28 stitches for punctures in his lip and gum.
"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," said Massey.
Jackson is thankful that his seat was not filled by a child, said Massey.
Delta Air Lines has regulations for emotional support dogs on its planes, according to its website.