Delta Loses Teen's Dog

Offers a $200 credit in return
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted May 11, 2010 1:50 PM CDT
Delta/Northwestern Airlines employee Eddie Rodriguez looks over luggage at baggage claim that arrived before passengers at O'Hare Airport, in Chicago, Sunday Dec. 27, 2009.   (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)
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(Newser) – Don't you hate it when the airline loses your luggage? Now imagine how angry you'd be if that luggage was your pet. That's Josiah Allen's situation. The 19-year-old recently adopted a stray dog in Mexico, then tried to fly home to Canada with him. But when he landed, he discovered that the dog, a Dachsund/Jack Terrier mix named Paco, hadn't made the trip, ABC News reports. Delta said the dog was safe in Mexico, and would be along soon.

But the next day, Delta said Paco had escaped, and was lost for good. Allen's convinced there's no way Paco, a little dog, could have broken out of his locked carrier. “This should never, ever happen,” he says. “It should never happen with baggage either, but a live animal...” The airline has offered to recoup Allen's losses on the dog, and to give him $200 toward a future flight, but he's turned that second part down; he never intends to fly Delta again.

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