Michael Dellegrazie, his girlfriend and his Pomeranian Alejandro all deliberate to maneuver cross-country collectively from Phoenix, Arizona, to Newark, New Jersey. Tragically, Alejandro by no means made it to the East Coast alive.
The Eight-year-old canine, who was flying in the cargo maintain of a Delta airplane to his new residence, died throughout a stopover in Detroit on Wednesday, experiences WXYZ.
According to the ABC affiliate, the airline claims flight attendant checked on Alejandro throughout the cease and located him alive, however when one other worker checked on the canine two hours later he was lifeless.
“To say they are distraught would be a gross understatement,” Dellegrazie’s legal professional, Evan Oshan, who additionally represented Kokito’s owners after the French bulldog’s death on a United flight, informed the station. “They are completely devastated.”
Dellegrazie is particularly upset as a result of he feels there’s data the airline is withholding from him concerning his beloved pet’s loss of life.
The proprietor informed ABC News’ Good Morning America that he had bother getting Alejandro’s physique again from the airline, forcing him to hound the airline into reuniting him along with his canine.
“We just wanted to get our dog back. That’s all we wanted,” Dellegrazie stated on the morning present. His lawyer added that he felt that the airline was utilizing a “bullying approach” he had seen earlier than, and that preparations weren’t made to return Alejandro’s physique till Oshan despatched Delta a “preservation of evidence letter.”
“We got Alejandro in a very odd way. There was this tug of war going on all day. Even after Alejandro was offered to be given back to us, there was a long wait, we didn’t know what the wait was,” Dellegrazie stated on GMA.
It was lastly agreed upon that the airline would convey the canine to the curb space of the airport. According to the canine’s proprietor, Alejandro was returned to him in a rubbish bag together with different rubbish luggage and a Delta pet service. Reportedly, inside one bag was a blanket coated in blood. The proprietor stated this was alarming and have become much more so when he discovered that each one of Alejandro’s different private belongings had been soaking moist, main him to consider that the airline was attempting to clean one thing away.
“It was at that point that I stopped the retrieval of the items and called for a criminal investigation. The area was completely taped off, and some of the items were marked, and some of those are with the Detroit Police Department,” Dellegrazie added.
The proprietor stated he additionally has requested the FBI to look into airways’ remedy of animals, to make sure that pets are handled like passengers as properly. Alejandro’s physique will bear an unbiased necropsy to get solutions on the canine’s explanation for loss of life.
When reached for remark about Alejandro’s loss of life and Dellegrazie’s claims, a Delta spokesperson supplied PEOPLE with the following assertion:
“Pets are an important member of the family and we are focused on the well-being of all animals we transport. Delta is conducting a thorough review of the situation to ensure this does not happen again and have been working directly with Alejandro’s family to support them however we can. 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. We are disappointed that we were not allowed to have a necropsy performed immediately following this unfortunate situation. The family now has Alejandro and we continue to offer our support.”