The house owners, Michael Dellegrazie and his girlfriend, have been shifting from Phoenix to New York and determined to place their Eight-year-old Pomeranian, Alejandro, on a aircraft so they may decide the canine up on the Newark airport.
During the layover in Detroit, Alejandro was held in a cargo facility.
“There was a stop in Detroit at 6 a.m. Alejandro was checked on. He was alive. Then between 8 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. he was checked on again and he was dead,” mentioned Dellegrazie’s lawyer, Evan Oshan.
Delta spokeswoman Lisa Hellerstedt mentioned the canine was found with vomit and fluids in the cage.
“The family is very upset,” Oshan mentioned. “This is essentially their family member who died. To say they are upset is a gross understatement.”
Delta launched a press release saying it’s “conducting a thorough review of the situation” and has been working with Alejandro’s house owners to assist them nonetheless attainable.
“We know pets are an important member of the family and we are focused on the well-being of all animals we transport,” the assertion mentioned. “As part of that review, we want to find out more about why this may have occurred to ensure it doesn’t happen again.”
The airline additionally mentioned it provided to have the canine’s physique evaluated by a veterinarian.
Other airline-related canine incidents
Alejandro’s demise comes after United Airlines had three animal-related incidents in the span of per week in March.
CNN’s Kwegyirba Croffie contributed to this report.