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Pomeranian dies in airplane carrier

Issue: 08/06/2018

A dog has died after it was found dead in its carrier during the stopover of an American flight.
Alejandro, a Pomeranian, was found dead last week in its carrier at the cargo facility in Detroit Airport.
The plane was on a layover en route to Newark, New Jersey from Phoenix, Arizona.
Owner Michael Dellagrazie told WDIV-TV, 'When he landed here in Michigan, he was alive at 6:30 am, and then at 8:20, he wasn't moving and it just doesn't make any sense to me.
'We lost a family member. That's exactly what happened, and somebody has to be responsible for it. He was in their care and they didn't take care of him.'
An attendant had checked on the dog at 6am but two hours later it was dead.
Delta said in a statement, 'Pets are important members of the family and we are focused on the wellbeing of all animals we transport. Delta is conducting a thorough review of the situation to ensure this does not happen again and have been working directly with Alejandro's family to support them however we can.


'As part of that review, Delta offered to have Alejandro evaluated by a veterinarian while in our possession to find out more about why this may have occurred. We are disappointed that we were not allowed to have a necropsy performed immediately following this unfortunate situation. The family now has Alejandro and we continue to offer our support.'
The family believe that some sort of foul play may have been involved. It has been reported that there were blood stains on the dog's blanket and vomit in his carrier.
In March a dog died on a United Airlines flight after the owner was forced to put the animal in the cabin's overhead locker.
Last year, 24 animals died on American planes. The vast majority, 18, died on United Airlines flights.

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