Dog found dead in Delta Air Lines carrier during layover near Detroit

A Delta plane is seen in this 2016 file

The dog, traveling by cargo with its family, was found unresponsive in its crate in a cargo shipping facility in Detroit after flying there from Phoenix, Delta's spokesperson said. "There was a stop in Detroit at 6 a.m. Alejandro was checked on".

Michael Dellagrazie told CBS2's Hazel Sanchez on Sunday he isn't satisfied with Delta's response after his dog, Alejandro, was found dead during a layover in the Motor City, while in the airline's care.

It appears Alejandro was on Delta's 11 p.m. flight on May 29, from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport to Detroit, given the scheduled arrival time of 6 a.m.

In March, a French bulldog called Kokito died on a United Airlines flight from Houston to NY after a flight attendant told the owner to put the dog, which was in a carrier, in the overhead locker.

"He was brought to the curb area where we were given a carrier, a Delta carrier, and some garbage bags and in one of the garbage bags was Alejandro", Dellegrazie said. "That's all I can think of", Dellegrazie told CNN.

It added, "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". 'The dog is not a pet.




The owner of a dog that died following a Delta flight accused the airline of attempting to cover up the incident by washing away potential evidence.

Delta said it's investigating the situation and has been working with Dellegrazie to support him.

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. "We lost a family member". Even after Alejandro was offered to be given back to us, there was a long wait.

Earlier this year, airlines' ability to safely transport pets came under renewed interest when a dog died on a United Airlines flight after an owner was forced to put the pup in the overhead bin.

Later that week, a flight was diverted to Akron, Ohio, after the airline realized a pet was loaded onto the flight in error, airline spokeswoman Maggie Schmerin told CNN.

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