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Girl injured by support dog on Southwest Airlines flight from Phoenix

Posted at 5:14 AM, Feb 22, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-22 15:35:17-05

A young girl was reportedly injured by a support dog on a Southwest Airlines flight from Phoenix on Wednesday night. 

The incident occurred on flight 1904, which was headed to Portland, Oregon at the time. 

Southwest Airlines told ABC15 that the support dog's teeth "scraped a child's forehead as the young passenger approached the animal, causing a minor injury". They confirm the child was cleared to continue on with the flight. 

Passenger Todd Rice posted the incident on Twitter, with a photo of the dog on the plane. He told ABC News that the girl tried to pet the animal.

According to Southwest Airlines, the dog and handler remained in Phoenix while the aircraft departed about 20 minutes behind schedule. 

"As always, the safety of our Customers is our highest priority," Southwest Airlines said in a statement.

The incident came as Delta and United airlines prepare to crack down on emotional-support animals on planes.

Unlike service animals such as guide dogs, support animals need no training. However, passengers can be asked to show a medical professional's note explaining why support animals should travel.

No further information has been released.