Published: Mon, June 04, 2018
Business | By Eloise Houston

Dog found dead after cross-country Delta flight, family wants answers

Dog found dead after cross-country Delta flight, family wants answers

Alejandro the Pomeranian did not survive his flight to Detroit, and Delta Air Lines is now trying to figure out what killed the dog, reports CNBC.

Dellegrazie and his girlfriend were moving from Phoenix, Arizona, to Newark, New Jersey, when Alejandro's body was found in a Delta cargo facility in Detroit on Wednesday morning.

The dog's owner, Michael Dellegrazie, told WDIV-TV that the family is devastated by the loss.

A family is demanding answers after a their beloved pet dog died while being transferred for a connecting Delta flight. "The family now has Alejandro and we continue to offer our support".

According to TMZ, the flight had a stopover in Detroit. But, when the plane landed at its destination airport, Alejandro was dead and there was vomit in the cage.

Oshan says he's determined to get to the bottom of the incident, so no other family has to go through this pain again.

Delta is offering the couple a free necropsy to determine the cause of death. Dellegrazie's lawyer, Evan Oshan, told The Associated Press that the dog's carrier was returned washed, which possibly eliminated evidence.

And last Tuesday, a woman traveling from OR to Kansas with her family on a United Airlines flight was stunned when she went to collect her dog from the cargo facility and instead discovered a Great Dane waiting in its place.

This is just the latest controversy for the commercial airliners involving dogs. The dog was never placed on the Delta flight to Newark.

The owner blames Delta for the death. "We are thoroughly investigating what occurred to prevent this from ever happening again". Pets traveling in the airplane cabin are meant to be stowed under the seat in front of the owner.

The next day, a 10-year-old German Shepherd called Irgo was flown to Japan when he should have been travelling to Kansas.

However, there is happier news related to dogs and flying - some airports in the United Kingdom are now employing therapy dogs to help calm anxious flyers before they board planes.

Last year, out of the 506,994 animals that were transported on USA airlines, 24 died according to the Department of Transportation Figures.

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