Passenger punched service dog and pregnant owner when dog stretched

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The Orlando police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation are investigating whether to press charges against a passenger who is alleged to have punched a service dog and the dog’s pregnant, deaf owner on a flight from Colorado to Orlando on Thursday afternoon.

According to WthrNews, the flight had been descending to land when passengers Timothy and Petrini Manley complained the dog had been taking up too much room on the plane. Petrini, 56, stated she was allergic to dogs, and when the Great Dane named Zariel stretched when he woke up from the flight, Timothy Manley, 59, said the dog “took up more space than [he] felt it deserved.”

Manley allegedly punched the dog in the face with a closed fist, causing Zariel to cry out. The frightened dog shook and hid under the seat. The owners of the dog, Matthew Silvay and Hazel Ramirez, a couple who are both deaf, travel with their service dog. Their young children were also on the flight. The couple began arguing with the Manleys and tried to communicate through sign language. During the argument, Hazel claims she was hit in the stomach; she is 20 weeks pregnant.

Afterwards at the airport, Petrini Manley claimed the entire incident had been a misunderstanding and stated her husband had accidentally hit the dog. No one has been arrested pending an investigation, however Hazel wishes to press charges. Everyone involved declined medical help.

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14 replies
  1. Marni Montanez says:

    wait a minute. Didn’t I read in one article that he said he closed his fist and hit the dog? accidental hit wouldn’t make the dog cry out, shake and hide.

    • Hope says:

      Exactly….the POS did it intentionally!…..his ass and his wife’s need to be sued… he also assaulted the owner who was pregnant and the punch to her abdomen could have harmed her unborn child or caused her to miscarry and might still

  2. Pamela Garlisch says:

    Good for you Hazel, get witness’s statements and take him to court! He sounds like he’s a loose cannon and when somebody doesn’t do what he wants them to do, he takes matters into his own hands. I do however, think that it is the airlines’ responsibility to notify the passengers that there will be a service animal on the flight and if they are allergic, to take another flight. Maybe something that they have to answer when they make a reservation about allergies.

  3. J. Martin says:

    So the puke hits a service dog that was just waking up and punches the deaf pregnant owner? Oh super tough person you are.
    You two assclowns (Timothy and Petrini Manley) both need your asses BEATEN

  4. Barbara Garabedian says:

    How awful u are I hope u get punched in the got & die poor doggie how can u be so cruel u will get it back bg

  5. pennysdachshunds says:

    EXCUSE ME!!!! HOW DO YOU PUNCH “”OH YES ACCIDENTLY” with a closed fist a Great Dane in the face!!! THEN A PREGNANT MOM IN THE STOMACH!!!! This MAN WITH AANGER ISSUES MOST CERTAINLY NEEDED SOME IMMEDIATE INTERVENTION … HE COULD HA EASILY caused sinus or eye damage to the Great Dane & he could have caused Hazel to spontaneously abort!!! What a PRICK!!! The is all an ACCIDENT >>> SURE IT IS>>>

  6. Mary Ann Clark says:

    They should be charged with felony animal abuse, child abuse and endangerment ,crimes against disabled people and assault and battery on a pregnant woman! Shame on the police and FBI for not immediately arresting these dangerous people! Also there should be a civil lawsuit for emotional and physical damages!

  7. maxiemom says:

    I am old enough to remember a time when people USED to be accomodating, and a large segment of our population didn’t feel ENTITLED to be rude, obnoxious, self entitled assholes.

    It wasn’t that long ago.

    Now this scum thinks they have the right to assault pregnant women whenever they choose, as well as their service animals, and disrespect servicemen, the disabled, the elderly, etc., and their service animals because THEY choose to be obnoxious, rude, classless a-holes.

    I have an idea! There needs to be a special island created, so that whenever creatures like this guy are discovered, they can be put there with all of the other filth bags after being spayed and neutered. That way we’re rid of them, and they can’t leave their imprint on the next generation.

  8. susispot says:

    GO FOR IT HAZEL! Sue his ass…It should have been perfectly clear to that pair of morons you had an official service dog ON DUTY. I hope your pregnancy was not affected.

  9. Nancy Raymond says:

    If Manley’s wife is so allergic to dogs WHY didn’t they ask the flight attendant if they could change seats with someone else??? NO, this idiot decided to punch a dog – what a jackass – then he decides to punch a pregnant woman – this jerk proved he has the brain power of a doorknob – hit both an innocent animal and a pregnant woman showed he cannot control himself – and did this in front of children – his actions towards a couple who are hearing impaired showed Manley’s total lack of control – I hope charges are filed against him – just who the hell does he think he is? He made a fool of himself and I bet this is not the first time – they should have been thrown off the plane and arrested for assault an animal abuse.

  10. Tracy Whitcomb says:

    Both of those POS need to be charged. Bthisbis terrible and he meant to do what he did. He did NOT just accidently hit them he meant to hit them. Idiots.

  11. lizzy lou says:

    press charges…they deserve it. There are no rights for those who need them and so many for those who are dirt.


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