When you pay a fee for your dog to fly on an airplane with you, you expect the flight staff to treat the animal as precious cargo. But as the Dellegrazie family recently found out, this isn’t a given — in fact, you apparently can’t even trust that your dog will make it to your destination alive.
The Dellegrazies were flying from Phoenix, Arizona to Newark, New Jersey and needed to bring their beloved Pomeranian named Alejandro along on the trip. They were told that the dog would have to travel in cargo, so they put him in his carrier and gave him to an airline employee with the expectation that they would keep the dog safe. But little did they know that something horrific would happen during their short layover in Detroit.
According to Michael Dellegrazie, Alejandro was alive and well when the plane landed in Detroit. But somehow, the dog died before he could be put on the plane to his family’s destination. Shockingly, Alejandro’s owners found their adorable pet, who they reportedly considered to be a member of their family, covered in blood and not breathing two hours into their Detroit layover. The blanket in his carrier was soaking wet, leading the family to believe that someone attempted to get rid of the blood stains and cover up the manner in which the dog died.
Unfortunately, this isn’t even the first time a dog has lost its life while under the “care” of airline employees — several similar incidents have occurred in recent years. Why does this keep happening? The Dellegrazies and all of the other families who have lost their dogs due to airline negligence deserve answers and justice for their pets.
While we can’t bring Alejandro back, what we can do is demand that Delta Airlines launch an investigation into his death and hold the responsible parties accountable. Furthermore, we need to pressure airlines to change their policies so that families no longer have to put their pets in cargo and risk having their animals grossly neglected.
If you’d like to help make sure no more animals are needlessly killed while traveling by air with their families, please sign this petition on Care2. And don’t forget to raise awareness about this issue by sharing Alejandro’s tragic story with your network — we need to make sure everyone knows that airlines shouldn’t be trusted to keep pets safe!
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