Dog found dead on Delta flight after cross-country trip

Dog found dead on Delta flight after cross-country trip

The owners, Michael Dellegrazie and his girlfriend, were traveling from Phoenix to NY and chose to put their 8-year-old Pomeranian, Alejandro, on a plane so they could pick the dog up at the Newark airport. The dog was in a cargo hold on a Phoenix-to-Newark flight that stopped in Detroit, where he was found dead. It was on a flight from Phoenix to Newark. A flight attendant had checked on the dog around 6 a.m., but he was dead about two hours later.

The lawyer for the family, Evan Oshan, tells us. from what he knows Delta has been pushing people to put their dogs in the cargo hold rather than the cabin, presumably because there are so many service dogs on board these days the passenger areas resemble a kennel.

When Dellegrazie picked up his dog's body and belongings, the Delta cargo facility was under investigation and blocked off with caution tape, a video by WDIV shows. The airline said Alejandro was alive when the plane landed at Detroit Metropolitan Airport on Thursday morning, but when it was time to load him onto his connecting flight, he was unresponsive.

Delta tells WXYZ-TV in a statement that it is "conducting a thorough review of the situation". "The family now has Alejandro and we continue to offer our support". When the family arrived at their destination, the dog was found dead. "That's exactly what happened, and someone has to be responsible for it", Dellegrazie said.

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"Delta said it launched an immediate investigation and "...offered to have Alejandro evaluated by a veterinarian ... to find out more about why this may have occurred".

We all know a nervous flyer - let's face it, who hasn't had a cheeky relaxing pint before a 6am flight?

He and his girlfriend were joint owners of the Pomeranian, and are deeply upset by the situation, not to mention Delta Airlines' handling of their beloved pet. Pets traveling in the airplane cabin are meant to be stowed under the seat in front of the owner.

In 2017, 506,994 animals were transported on USA airlines, and of those, 24 died, according to Department of Transportation figures.

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