A photo of a giant dog boarding a plane at LAX went viral Tuesday after a fellow passenger snapped the shot and tweeted it while waiting to board an American Airlines flight to Denver.
“(My) initial tweet was about how big the dog was. It wasn’t until I boarded, I could hear whispers of ‘Oh my God, the dog is in first class,'” Madeleine Sweet said.
The dog’s owner ended up sitting in the front row of first class, with the dog lying on the floor in front of her, Sweet said.
“It was huge. I have never in my life seen a dog that fat – it was massive,” Sweet said.
The dog’s owner, Kari Whitman, is speaking out, saying her 165-pound mastiff, Hank, is actually a service animal who detects her seizures. She told NBC4 her 3-year-old pup was wheeled in on a dolly because he recently had surgery and can no longer walk. Whitman attributes part of Hank’s large size to his inability to be independently mobile.
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